KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – What was once a rural, two-lane road has turned into a regular route for North Texas commuters. Now some people who live along Davis Boulevard, in Tarrant County, are pleading for help. They say they only want to be able to safely get in and out their homes.
This isn’t the first time people in the area have asked for help.
If you want to get into one of the neighborhoods off Lyndhurst Way and Creek Road in Keller — all you have to do is wait, and wait, and then wait some more.
Getting out of the neighborhoods presents a similar challenge. A CBS 11 News crew watched drivers sit for four or five minutes. After continually looking left and right, they would eventually try to sneak into a break in the 38,000 cars that travel on Davis Boulevard each day.
Gary Ponder lives in Keller. “We were pretty much frustrated and thought we weren’t going to get anywhere else with it.” Ponder, who lives off of Davis, led efforts in 2006 and 2009 to get a traffic light installed.
Traffic statistics though, didn’t show it was necessary. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) put in a warning light instead.
Then in September, the intersection was the scene of a fatal crash. Jackie Black, who sells homes off the road, said, “You’ve got this young grandfather that doesn’t get to meet his grandson, because we don’t have a light here. And that’s really hard.”
According to Black, residents often turn right, even if they need to go left… driving out of their way until they find somewhere safe to turn around.
Both Black and Ponder are optimistic though on the latest attempt at help. The City of Keller is poised to make a formal request to TxDOT for a new study. They hope the end result will be a traffic light and a lower speed limit.
Proponents have also met with county and state representatives, who have offered their support.
“They’re now stepping up to another level and leading. And that’s very, very encouraging,” Ponder said.
Davis Boulevard is the only way in or out for some 120 homes. Recent road construction now means you can also take the road from the mid-cities, all the way north to State Highway 114 – that has many residents in the area worried the situation will get worse, without help.
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