AUSTIN (KXAN) — For 45 years, Arbon Mack has been driving on Austin roads and has seen a lot of change. “It’s a lot more traffic and people are little faster than what they used to be and everything,” said Mack.
One area he feels has become especially dangerous for drivers is at Springdale Road and Tuscany Way. “I never come this way when it rains, if you don’t get down to almost zero coming here possibility is you’re going to skid,” said Mack.
He says drivers traveling from Tuscany Way turning onto northbound Springdale approach the intersection at fast speeds, unaware of how quickly the intersection approaches. With little warning it becomes difficult to drop speed enough to turn onto Springdale, making for a very tight turn.
This can be especially difficult for large vehicles like semis or buses.
At peak travel time, traffic tends to backup because of the tight turn and creates a visibility issue for drivers turning left onto Tuscany Way. They can’t see past the backup.
“What give me the willies when I’m sitting at that left hand turn lane and trying to turn into Springdale again, watching those cars come up to me and screeching the wheels,”explains Mack. “You have to inch out there and hope that other lane of traffic don’t cream you.”
Mack has a few ideas on how the intersection could be made safer. “There’s a couple of things they can do — what I wish would be number one — is re-design it and make it a regular T. Signage would definitely help.”
Travis County officials say they haven’t received any complaints about the intersection, however they plan to send engineers to reevaluate the intersection to determine if any changes need to be made.
The Tuscany Way Extension project was completed in 2014, and has been opened to traffic since July, 2014. This project was an approximately 2700 linear feet of a four-lane divided curb and gutter roadway project with sidewalk and other amenities extending Tuscany Way from its then terminus at about 100 feet south of US 290 East to its current connection at Springdale Road.
This connection provided a continuous route from Ferguson Lane at Sprinkle Road to Springdale Road (South of US 290 E).