WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Hundreds of trees line Hairy Man Road in Round Rock, but one of them stands out. A crucifix marks the spot where a person lost their life.
“There’s been several fatalities here, right here people have died,” says neighbor Lee Cherry.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department says over the last two years, they have investigated 12 accidents on Hairy Man Road. The two lane road is full of sharp curves and many drivers seem to ignore the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit.
“Just like they’re speeding by right here,” says Lee, as a car whips by us during our interview.
It’s a deadly combination, causing cars to slam into these trees. You can see the impact from one of the fatal crashes, half of a tree trunk is hollowed out.
Lee Cherry drives this road every day. He’s afraid one of the beat-up trees may fall into the road.
“Because it’s in such a damaged state, that it’s not going to take any time of storm, wind or otherwise for it to fall over and kill somebody on this road right here.”
After concerns from neighbors, the county is conducting a traffic study on a nearly four-mile stretch, between Arrowhead Trail and Sam bass Road. Orange tape marks trees that are a part of the analysis.
The county says it’s too soon to tell how exactly they’ll improve this road. At the very least, Lee says they need to get rid of these rotting trees, and make an addition.
“Guard rails is what I thought, if they could put some kind of guard rails right here,” says Lee.
Even if it helps save one more life.
Survey work is expected to be done by the end of December. The county will then develop recommendations and take that information back to neighbors in the Spring.
Another concern is all the traffic on the narrow Hairy Man Rd. The county says a separate project, the Creek Bend Blvd. Extension project, may reduce some traffic on Hairy Man Rd.