AUSTIN (KXAN) - As Austin grows, more people and more traffic are flooding the city. Perhaps no more so than in the far South Austin area.
Residents near Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road area are pleading with the Texas Department of Transportation and Capital Metro for relief. The census bureau says population has doubled in this zip code in the past decade.
Residents here are resigned to the growth, they just want a little common sense relief.
"We were recently alerted again when our neighbor, firefighter Colin Camp, was hit here while riding his bicycle," said Roger Casanova with Community Awareness for South Austin . "South Austin is a hub now, it isn't going to change, but we need TxDOT and Cap Metro to respond."
They wanted the speed limit on Manchaca Road brought down from 55 mph to 45 mph. It recently was.
Now, they are asking for no left turns permitted out of the Tanglewood Village Shopping Center, where a driver must cross four southbound lanes of Manchaca Road to head northbound. They also want a crosswalk for bus patrons so they don't have to race across the road dodging traffic.
Last year in Austin, there was an 83 percent jump in auto-pedestrian fatalities, prompting an Austin Police Department initiative to crack down.
"Don't even get me started," said resident Billy Horton, who feels the area has been neglected. "We've lived here a long time, but they are not keeping up with roads and infrastructure."
CASA, and other folks who live around here know growth and traffic is inevitable, but they hope TxDot and CapMetro can think of something to make things a little easier, and they don't intend to stop asking.
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