Less than one month after large tech company Oracle opened its new campus in Austin, neighbors nearby say they’re fed up with employees speeding through their neighborhood.
Oracle’s Austin campus, across South Lakeshore Boulevard from Lady Bird Lake, is surrounded by several apartment complexes.
Residents at Lakeshore Pearl told KXAN during morning and evening rush hour, they’ve been noticing several cars heading toward Oracle’s employee parking garage speeding down Waterloo City Lane.
“Between like 8:15 and 8:45, you can tell the people that are running late for work,” Lee Lawson said. “They’re coming in from the other direction, from I-35 and Riverside, and they’re just going as fast as they possibly can.”
Waterloo City runs parallel to Lakeshore and connects East Riverside Drive to Oracle.
Neighbors told us they anticipated that more people would use Waterloo City once Oracle opened, but they were not prepared for drivers speeding down the residential road where many people walk or jog.
“There is no signage telling people that it should be 25 mph,” Lawson said.
Heather LaBranche said, “I’d say it’s at least a mile with no signage or stop signs, no speed limit signs, nothing.”
LaBranche told us several neighbors tried calling 311, but quickly found out the city couldn’t do anything because Waterloo City is a privately-owned street.
When they reached out to the street’s management company, they received an e-mail response, saying,
“They feel the intersection is properly permitted for traffic flow from original design. As they are sure that traffic has increased and at times some vehicles are speeding, they want to allow another 6 months to allow traffic to stabilize from new Oracle parking garage. They think things will calm down giving time.”
LaBranche said, “What happens is that somebody is going to get hit by a car.” She went on to say, “We don’t think we’re asking for that much. Literally just a stop sign somewhere on this street to prevent somebody from getting hurt.”
Several people told us they had close calls or witnessed close calls where people crossing the street were nearly hit by cars.
“I love the way the east side is really up and coming. It’s actually arrived,” Lawson said. “I love the fact that people like Oracle are coming in and making this their own. What I don’t love is it’s sacrificing some safety.”
We reached out to Waterloo City Lane’s owner after the neighbors did. We did not hear back.
We also asked Oracle for a response, but they declined to comment.
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