"It has become a safety issue.” New stops signs considered for West Lake Hills intersection

West Lake Hills City Council members discussed adding stop signs at the intersection of Yaupon Valley Road at Juniper Road.

West Lake Hills City Council members discussed adding stop signs at the intersection of Yaupon Valley Road at Juniper Road.

Several complaints from residents have prompted West Lake Hills officials to consider the installation of new stop signs at the intersection of Yaupon Valley Road at Juniper road.

Mayor Linda Anthony said during the West Lake Hills City Council meeting Wednesday night that several residents have expressed their concerns to her about the intersection, and recently she received a letter from a resident with two driveways, one of which is on Juniper Road. The resident said he no longer uses that driveway because he considers it too hazardous.

Anthony also discussed the speed at which drivers take the road and that there has been an uptick in construction vehicles using the road, likely due to ongoing activity from three active construction sites nearby.

Calling Juniper road “truly a one lane road," Anthony said there is no place to get away from a large truck if something goes wrong.

“Cars going up and making a left hand turn tend to accelerate into the turn,” Anthony added. “I think the reason they do this is because cars are coming around the curve [from the other direction] at a high speed, and they want to get out of the way. It has become a safety issue.”

About six weeks ago there was an accident at the intersection involving three cyclists and a car, West Lake Hills Police Chief Scott Gerdes said.

“I think we’re just fortunate we have not had more incidents there,” Gerdes added.

Council members agreed that adding two stop signs to the intersection to make it a three-way-stop should be further pursued, and Anthony said signs indicating an upcoming stop would also need to be added should officials proceed with the infrastructure update.

Next steps include consulting city staff and reaching out to residents on the community-centered social media site Nextdoor.com for their opinions.