Deadly Williamson County intersection to get safety upgrades

Intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Ranch Road 2338 in north Williamson County. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
Intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Ranch Road 2338 in north Williamson County. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — It’s painful every time Lorena McCaffety returns to Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Ranch Road 2338. The Georgetown woman’s husband, David McCaffety, was hit and killed at the intersection June 16, 2016.

“It’s like opening a new wound all the time,” says Lorena.

The car that crashed into McCaffety, ran a stop sign on Ronald Reagan Boulevard at Ranch Road 2338. The intersection has stop signs for traffic traveling westbound and eastbound on Ronald Reagan Boulevard, which some cars are running. The other problem is drivers stopping along RR 2338 where there are not any stop signs.

Williamson County added larger stop signs, flashing lights and rumble strips to try to fix the problem, but crashes continue. The Texas Department of Transportation is stepping in and will now add an overhead flashing beacon on Ronald Reagan and another flashing beacon on RR 2338 to alert drivers.

Since June 2014, there have been 108 crashes at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and RR 2338, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The speed limits along those roads add to the intensity of the crashes; it’s 65 miles per hour along Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The speed limit along RR 2338 is 60 miles per hour.

Lorena believes a traffic light would be the ultimate life-saver, but the widow will take what she can get. “Anything that can prevent another family from having this tragedy.”

TxDOT says engineers studied this intersection and it didn’t qualify for a traffic signal. Intersections must meet one of eight minimum standards to qualify for a traffic signal. Engineers study the roads, calculating how many cars cross through the intersection every four and eight hours. They also evaluate how many pedestrians are trying to cross, whether there is a school nearby, and if other traffic control devices like stop signs or flashing lights have failed to prevent crashes.

The project to install flashing beacons at the intersection goes out to bid in September.

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