San Marcos considers a roundabout on Sessom Drive

Intersection of Sessom Drive and Academy Street in San Marcos. City is considering putting in a roundabout. (KXAN Photo/Amanda Dugan)
Intersection of Sessom Drive and Academy Street in San Marcos. City is considering putting in a roundabout. (KXAN Photo/Amanda Dugan)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Texas State University sophomore Michael Ferguson walks to and from class through Sessom Drive and Academy Street on a daily basis.

“I’ve witnessed close calls. I’ve never witnessed any actual accidents, but I’ve witnessed some pretty close calls too,” says Ferguson of the intersection which he believes can be a safety concern for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The intersection sits directly in front of the Texas State gym, making it a busy spot.

The intersection has a blind curve, which makes it troublesome for drivers trying to make a left hand turn from Sessom Drive onto Academy Street. The city says in the past three years there have been five car crashes at the intersection. In order to rectify the problem, the City of San Marcos is considering adding a roundabout.

Intersection of Sessom Drive and Academy Street in San Marcos. City is considering putting in a roundabout. (KXAN Photo/Amanda Dugan)
Intersection of Sessom Drive and Academy Street in San Marcos. City is considering putting in a roundabout. (KXAN Photo/Amanda Dugan)

“You really have to pay attention for people turning left here, because as you saw before, people just take the turn really quickly. You have to take your life in your hands when you’re crossing,” says Ferguson.

City officials say the roundabout will help reduce the speed of traffic and address the blind curve issue. Bike lanes are also a part of the final design.

“I believe it’ll help bicyclists turning left or getting into Texas State from this road because it’s way difficult and dangerous for riders to go through here.”

The final design for the roundabout is currently being tweaked before being presented to city council for a second time. If council decides to move forward with the roundabout, the roughly $1 million price tag will be shared between the City Of San Marcos and Texas State. If approved, construction would begin in 2018.

Rendering of roundabout at Sessom Drive and Academy Street - this is the San Marcos city staff and Texas State preferred option. (City of San Marcos)
Rendering of roundabout at Sessom Drive and Academy Street – this is the San Marcos city staff and Texas State preferred option. (City of San Marcos)

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