Leander plans to add a traffic signal at the crash-prone intersection of Hero Way and Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

City staff requested a traffic signal study following a fatal collision at the intersection, said Dan Grimsbo, the city's executive director of infrastructure. There were 10 car crashes at the intersection in 2020, and there have been six crashes to date in 2021. Grimsbo said the traffic light is important to prevent collisions and fatalities at the intersection.

Leander City Council approved a design contract Aug. 5 with RPS Infrastructure Inc that is not to exceed $49,180. The design contract was approved in a 5-2 vote.

Council Member Jason Shaw asked the council to table the item for two weeks while he looked at the best use of Leander taxpayers' dollars at this intersection. Shaw said he wants to find another entity to pay for the signal. Shaw and Council Member Kathryn Pantalion-Parker voted against the approval of the design contract.

Traffic signal at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Hero Way

Timeline: TBD

Design cost: not to exceed $49,180

Funding source: city of Leander operating budget