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South Austin Residents Petition For Safer Streets

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:08 PM CDT

Residents who live near Manchaca Road and Slaughter Lane say they are some of the most dangerous roads and intersections in South Austin. Now they're petitioning the Texas Department of Transportation and Capital Metro for safety changes.

You can find Stan Barfield scooting around where Manchaca and Slaughter Lane meet.

"I can get around 21 miles a day and I carry spare batteries on it,” says Barfield.

Barfield knows first-hand the dangers of South Austin roads.

"Hell, I just had an accident a couple of months ago. A guy hit me when I was in the center of an intersection," says Barfield.

When a driver hit Austin Fire Fighter Colin Camp on his bike and put him in a coma that was the last straw for Roger Casanova, founder of CASA, Community Awareness of South Austin. The group is now petitioning for safer streets.

"There's so much traffic, there's so many speeders. We’re trying to curb some of the aggressive driving," says Casanova.

CASA is calling on TxDOT to ban left turns out of the Tanglewood Village Shopping Center. Right now motorists must cross four lanes of traffic to merge onto Manchaca Road. They also want the speed limit reduced from 55 to 45 mph from Manchaca Road to Old Manchaca Road.

TxDOT says it is reviewing the area to determine potential safety enhancements

But that's not all. CASA also wants Capital Metro to install a crosswalk at the bus stop located at 9700 Manchaca and Slaughter Lane.

"We have safety specialists on staff at Capital Metro whose job is to make sure all of our operations are as safe as possible," says Erica Macioge, spokesperson Capital Metro.

Capital Metro says it welcomes public comments and looks into all safety concerns. You can leave a comment on the Go line at 512-474-12000 or register comments online.

By Ashley Miller

South Austin Residents Petition For Safer Streets

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