Mike Fleetwood was worried when he found out his daughter was in a car crash last month.
“The driver left the stop sign before my daughter had cleared the intersection and hit her and spun her around and totaled out her car,” Fleetwood explains.
To his shock, about two weeks later, another driver hit his son at the same intersection, Limmer Loop and County Road 108 in Williamson County near Hutto. “They pulled away from the stop sign just as they were in the intersection and hit the right, front quarter panel,” said Fleetwood.
According to Texas Department of Transportation statistics, from 2014 through April 20, 2018, there have been 13 crashes at Limmer Loop and County Road 108; 10 of those crashes happened over the last two years.
Williamson County says the intersection is managed by the city of Hutto, but the county does work with cities if there is an issue. The county says when KXAN called about this intersection, it was the first time they heard there were problems there. The county engineer’s office will now send a traffic engineer to analyze the county roads that lead into and out of the intersection.
The county says it looks at several variables before making safety improvements, including site conditions, accident history, traffic behavior, traffic counts and a speed study.
Fleetwood says as the area continues to grow, a stop light will be the way to go. “Possibly eliminate the people pulling out from the stop sign, thinking they have enough time to make it through the intersection,” said Fleetwood.
But the county says there is a progression of improvements if they determine they are necessary. The county would first add more signs that say “Stop Ahead.” They could also increase the size of the stop sign from 30 inches to 36 inches. Another option would be to possibly add reflectors on the stop sign, or flashing yellow lights to the “Stop Ahead” sign. The county could add flashing lights over the intersection to attract attention to the intersection. The last resorts would be a four-way stop and then a traffic signal.
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