AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin’s Transportation Department is working on ways to improve safety and mobility along a stretch of Webberville Road and Oak Springs Drive in East Austin.
“It’s very dangerous,” Rose Bernfeld describes Webberville Road. The mom of three says she worries about her children’s safety.
“It’s even jeopardizing for me to cross that street,” she added.
Jane Taylor and her friend Nellie also keep their eyes peeled because it is “heavily used.”
The city’s improvements will stretch about a mile and a half on Webberville Road and Oak Springs Drive from North Pleasant Valley Road to Springdale Road.
These proposed improvements include shortening street crossing distances for people walking through curb extensions known as bulb-outs, filling in sidewalk gaps, improving curb ramps and bus stop access as well as extending the bike lanes onto Webberville Road from the existing two-way bikeway on from North Pleasant Valley Road to Oak Springs Drive.
For those who live in the area, they said their biggest complaints are speeders.
“There are reasons for people to slow down,” Taylor said. “There’s a new school being built, Austin Community College Eastview Campus and an Oak Springs Elementary School.”
Bernfeld added, “Whatever they can do to keep kids safe.”
Austin Transportation will meet with the community Thursday night at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to share the details of the proposed improvements and hear from the community.
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Dangers on the Road
Just last year, a 14-year-old was sent to the intensive care unit after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the 3500 block of Webberville Road.
Then, in January 2017, along the same stretch of road, the same thing happened. A driver slammed into a five-year-old boy. The young victim survived that crash.
The drivers in both cases took off and Austin Police told KXAN there have been no arrests in both cases.