Busy E. Sixth Street intersection has seen nearly 2 dozen crashes

6th and Waller stop signs
6th and Waller stop signs

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On weekends and evenings, the area around East Sixth Street and Waller Street is buzzing with people. It’s an area known for its nightlife and vibrant walkable community, except some people say it isn’t that pedestrian friendly.

Matt Barry works at Via 313, a pizza trailer parked right at the southwest corner of East Sixth Street and Waller Street. He says he’s seen a lot of close calls.

“Since there’s no pathway, people just cross whenever they want really,” he says.

The intersection currently only has two stop signs.

“It seems like for as much foot traffic and car traffic as there is, there should be some sort of regulation over here to help control the flow and movement of everyone.”

And it’s not just additional stop signs people want. People who live and work in the area are also requesting a crosswalk since right now there is only a crosswalk that crosses Waller Street but not the busy Sixth Street.

In the past year there have been nearly 20 crashes at the intersection alone. Austin 3-1-1 tells us they’ve received requests to make it safer and a vehicle and pedestrian study is set for this fall to take a closer look at the location.

“There’s so much pedestrian traffic over here, it’d be nice to have something where people are forced to stop,” says Kristi Lewis who works at nearby Bird’s Barbershop.

Carlie Campos also works at Via 313 and she says, “I think that’s necessary over here. It needs to happen. It’s not an option anymore, it’s ridiculous.”

City officials say if the intersection meets the criteria for a 4-way stop, funding will need to be identified and a signal will then be installed.

In the past year, the city says there have been more than 160 requests for new stop signs at intersections. If you see an intersection you think needs a stop sign you can file a request by calling 3-1-1.

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