Lane changes at local intersection confuse drivers
By Danielle Skinner
WACO-Heavy traffic and confusing new lane markings have some drivers heading right into oncoming traffic at 19th and Park Lake Drive.
A viewer we spoke to said this intersection is just an accident waiting to happen.
"When they re-marked the streets this last month they didn't make the turn lane turn," explained local resident Bobby Storm. "They just had it going straight into the oncoming turning lane."
Storm says one day a driver was following the lane direction rather than the light, almost causing him and his wife to get hit.
"There was a car coming the other way, and you could tell they were following the lane and they stopped right before they hit us."
On 19th and Park Lake the left lane extends to the opposite side of the oncoming traffic instead of directing cars to turn left.
"I know if there hasn't been already there is going to be a wreck because of how the lanes are marked," Storm said.
The city's traffic engineer says the lanes were adjusted to make the streets safer for walking elementary students, and to accommodate bike lanes. The city is also trying to reduce the amount of traffic that goes through the area.
"You'd like to have an area where pedestrians feel safe to walk," said Traffic Engineer Norman Hogue, "Especially in that area where most of the pedestrians that are walking are elementary aged kids."
The city plans on putting up some guide signs along this intersection in a month to get rid of some of the confusion. They don't expect any car crashes to happen there any time soon.
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