Wreck raises concerns over Highway 90 entrance

Major development set to open with 800-plus units

Last Friday’s wreck of a construction truck and a passenger vehicle on Highway 90 has raised concerns about the safety of an entrance to a major development set to open with more than 800 apartments and townhomes.

The truck hauling lumber from that job site sideswiped a vehicle that swerved trying to avoid the collision after it came over the hill of westbound 90. At least one person was injured.

“As we saw last Friday, accidents happen so quickly when you have the traffic starting at zero and you have to get on Highway 90 where the traffic is moving 75 miles an hour,” said Tim Hardt, a realtor in nearby Castroville.

Besides any construction entrance, Hardt said that intersection now serves as the only way in and out of the Mansions and the Estates at Briggs Ranch.

Just beyond it, the median between the east and west bound lanes of Highway 90 has been closed to through traffic, and there is a de-acceleration lane for vehicles turning right into the development.

But Hardt said he is among those in the area who have raised concerns  about the possible risk after hundreds of families begin moving in.

“That’s going to be a lot of new traffic trying to get on Highway 90, presumably all in 30 minutes as they try to go to work in the morning,” Hardt said.

With only an estimated 700 feet between the intersection and the exit to Highway 211, there is no acceleration lane allowing traffic to pick up speed before blending into westbound traffic on Highway 90.

Other newer developments closer to Loop 1604 already have acceleration lanes, but Hardt said he doesn’t think they have the same density.

“The traffic count that will come out of this development, I think is really going to be a problem,” Hardt said.

A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation said its engineers would be sent out to look at the feasibility of an acceleration lane or other possible measures that might be taken.


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