AUSTIN (KXAN) - No matter what street you live on safety becomes a concern when drivers go too fast.
The Dove Springs neighborhood in Southeast Austin has been back and forth with the city about how to slow down cars along a new extension of South Pleasant Valley near Stassney Lane. It is close to two Southeast Austin schools where students cross on a regular basis.
"The speeding has got to stop," Sandra Castellon who lives nearby.
The specific intersection in question is South Pleasant Valley and Button Bend Rd. Neighborhood association president Edward Reyes lives on that corner and started reaching out to the City of Austin in June shortly after the road opened.
"Within the first week (drivers) killed my neighbors dog, killed our dog," said Reyes. "This needs to be a four way stop sign because it's too crazy."
So far, he has seen no action from the city.
"We are really frustrated," said Reyes. "We feel like they're waiting for something bad to happen."
City engineers tell KXAN the four way stop Reyes is requesting is not an option because South Pleasant Valley is a main arterial road. They do plan to check the road in a few months to see how the expansion is impacting traffic.
But we wanted to know now so KXAN asked Austin police to meet us at the intersection to clock drivers. Most were going no more than five miles per hour over the speed limit.
The city plans to add more speed limit signs to the road and will ask police to ramp up patrols.
There are two ways to let the city know about dangerous roadways. You can call 311 to request extra patrols or submit a request online for devices such as speed bumps and flashing lights to slow down drivers.
KXAN reported on the program when the city revamped it about a year ago.
So far only 67 out of the 256 requests have been accepted. A list of each one submitted is available to look at here online along with the status.
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