Drivers say merge at US 183 and Airport Blvd. is ‘dangerous’

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Melinda Bilich is concerned a highway merge at US 183/Ed Bluestein Boulevard at Airport Boulevard is dangerous. She says the intersection is confusing and dangerous.

“It’s terrifying,” says Bilich, “You are hoping that there’s a break in traffic for you to slip in. You’re just holding your breath and hoping you’ll get through that intersection. You are hoping that the people coming up from behind you don’t come barreling into you if you use common sense and yield to the Ed Bluestein southbound traffic.”

There are two signs warning about the merge up ahead for drivers heading south on Airport Boulevard.

Bilich thinks there should also be signs alerting drivers on US 183/Ed Bluestein Boulevard to expect cars to be moving into their lane. 

“I would think a couple of them as you approach the actual point where the merge occurs,” explains Bilich. “Otherwise most people don’t follow the speed limit anyway and it’s just such a major confluence of major roads.”

Officials with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority say it’s a standard merge and drivers are responsible for letting vehicles in front of them safely merge. Drivers entering from the right — in this case Airport Boulevard — must yield to traffic on the main route, and must adjust their speed to merge smoothly and safely with traffic that has the right of way. 

“You’re scooting out as fast as you can. You’re hoping that somebody is considerate and even sees you,” Bilich said. 

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