AUSTIN (KXAN) - Traffic is usually the No. 1 complaint in Austin, so drivers don't need confusing signs slowing them down even more. But they are out there.
O ne sign at the Cameron Road exit on Interstate 35 in North Austin and new signs that went up at Lamar and Ben White boulevards in South Austin were quickly taken down after they were brought to the attention of the Texas Department of Transportation.
The signs pointed drivers in both directions on a one-way frontage road. Within hours of being interviewed by KXAN News, TxDOT officials contacted the city of Austin to remove them.
Drivers passing through the Ben White and Lamar boulevards intersection saw the new directional signs, which are meant to cut down on confusion. But some say they only added to it.
"I'm from here, and I would be confused by that," said driver Tiffany Villarreal, as she read the signs.
The signs are attached to traffic signals at a split intersection, but even TxDOT said their placement could be misleading.
"If you just look at the sign up on the signal arm, you might say, 'Oh, I'm going to turn left here,' but you can't, because it's full of oncoming traffic," said TxDOT spokesman Chris Bishop.
TxDOT said the city of Austin put the signs up after complaints about the intersection from people new to town.
Even with one-way and do-not-enter signs on the frontage road, though, TxDOT agreed the new signs could cause even more confusion.
"So what we're going to do with the city is actually re-do the signs and split them, so people will be directed properly. There wasn't really any danger. It just wasn't as clear as it ought to be," said Bishop.
Another problem area found was on I-35 at the Cameron Road exit. Development in the area cut off direct access to Cameron Road, and a frontage road sign alerting drivers to a detour using Barbara Jordan Boulevard is too close for some to make the turn.
TxDOT now plans to move or re-label both signs.
" As things change, as you make a modification, to make things better for people, occasionally, you miss something," said Bishop.
TxDOT said if road signs don't make sense, they want to know about them.
"Let's face it -- our job is not only safety, but efficient and clear travel is what we're trying to do for people," said Bishop.
TxDOT said to call 3-1-1 to report other signs that could pose a problem.
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