FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth is proposing safety improvements to an area known for catching drivers off guard.
The corner of Horseman Road and White Feather Lane is located in the Chisholm Ridge neighborhood in north Fort Worth.
Jack Bowen, who lives in the community, contacted the Ones for Justice over safety concerns.
“Wake up and get ready,” Bowen said. “People come firing into this thing. ”
On White Feather, the speed limit is 10 miles per hour heading into the curve. On Horseman Road, it’s 30 miles per hour. The curve is narrow, making it difficult for two vehicles to pass at the the same time.
After watching numerous crashes, Bowen even gave the area its own nickname.
“Dead man’s curve,” Bowen said. “I hope it never lives up to that name.”
To prove his point, Bowen made a video, complete with a soundtrack.
Bowen recorded the traffic one morning for 51 minutes. But it only takes seconds to see the problem.
In the video, an ambulance rounds the corner, closely followed by a fire truck that needs to squeeze past an SUV.
During the same time period, a school bus hugs the corner.
Then, the same fire truck comes back again and runs over the curb.
“We’re just begging, somebody bite the bullet, please bite the bullet and do something about this,” Bowen said.
The Ones for Justice took Bowen’s concerns and his video to the city of Fort Worth.
Alanna: “Is this safe?”
Tanya Brooks, Asst. Director of Transportation and Public Works: “It could be safer.”
Brooks said even before Bowen created his video, the city had placed jersey barriers and barrels at the curve.
But the items were then removed by a property owner.
“We substituted some other safety signage there as well to try to maintain as much safety through that turn,” said District 2 Councilman Carlos Flores.
During our interview, leaders unveiled new proposals, which include additional lighting at the corner, object markers, warning signs about the curve ahead and a stop sign on White Feather. Officials are also proposing to reduce the speed limit on Horseman from 30 miles per hour to 10 miles per hour.
“Safety is our sole purpose of making intersection improvements in the city of Fort Worth,” Brooks said.
Since 2013, two crashes have been reported at the corner. Both incidents resulted in property damage but no injuries.
Brooks said the city will present the proposal to the neighborhood first in order to get input.
Each sign would cost approximately $500.