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Waco Metropolitan Board votes not to install medians on two busy streets

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization voted today not to move forward right now with a controversial decision to build medians on two busy streets.

After months of debate and public hearings, medians will not be built on Hewitt Drive and Valley Mills Drive.

Consultants for the city recommended the changes after their studies showed both streets and intersections have significant safety risks. 

The study showed the worst part of valley mills drive is between Bosque Boulevard and Sanger Avenue and that the crash rate on that street is a lot higher than the state average.

The consultants also looked at other current problems on the roads such as traffic counts, crash data along with future growth.

Representative Doc Anderson spoke at the meeting as both a business owner and for his constituents. He said he was glad they decided not to move forward because the board needs to be sure to make the right decision moving forward.

"There's some things they can do that would not be permanent that would not hinder businesses there or lower property values and at the same time would increase safety," said Anderson. "Number one, decreasing the speed limit, number two having police officers out there and monitoring the signal timing."

After hearing from several business owners at today's public hearing before the vote, the board decided more studies were needed and that other temporary options need to be tested before such a permanent solution was implemented.

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