Pflugerville City Council voted 6-0 on Aug. 13 in favor of tapping an outside firm to conduct a traffic study of Kelly Lane intersections at Falcon Pointe Boulevard and Vilamoura Street. Council Member Omar Peña was not present at the meeting.
In addition to the external study, city staff outlined several immediate actions to combat safety concerns at the two intersections. Short-term solutions include increasing law-enforcement presence at the intersection and adding flashing stop signs to the intersections, among others.
Four residents spoke at the meeting regarding accidents they have witnessed living in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the heightened congestion the roadway has experienced during peak commuting times.
The issue was first discussed by the council in September 2017, when the city's engineering staff recommended no action be taken.
"We have sat here for years and made no choice and made no decisions to make any improvements," Council Member Doug Weiss said.
"My professionals told me to do nothing two years ago, and I think that was the wrong decision," he added later in the meeting.
Council Member Mike Heath suggested expediting the study process to determine the roots of the safety concerns and begin implementing long-term, tangible solutions. Under his proposed timeline, he suggested the city take two to three weeks to conduct traffic counts and analyses, provide a draft report for consideration and carry out any actions from there.
“Making a bad decision just for making a decision’s sake is not the right thing to do," Heath said, stressing certain short-term resolutions, like added stop signs, could exacerbate safety concerns at the specific intersections.
Weiss made a motion to direct staff to "implement all reasonable and prudent, immediate solutions," including
those suggested on the aforementioned list of short-term solutions.
Council Member Jim McDonald added to the resolution language regarding "increasing emphasis on adding law enforcement, adding some of those flashing speed limit signs we have and adding flashing 'dangerous intersection.' Whatever is appropriate."
Weiss' proposed motion also included engaging an outside engineering firm to conduct a traffic study, with a report to be made ready for council no later than Oct. 10, but ideally by the city's Sept. 10 meeting.
"I appreciate your time and diligence hearing me out on this, and thank you for your progress, gentlemen," Weiss said. "I hope we can continue to make more." Council Member Rudy Metayer added his thanks to the residents who spoke on the issue.
"You've made a difference; we've heard you; we understand; and we're going to go ahead and do something about it," Metayer said. "This is your city."