Neighbors: Dangerous intersection needs turn signal

Increase in accidents at March, Roosevelt due to road closure

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor,
Published On: Dec 20 2012 06:45:07 PM CST

Four traffic accidents in one month at the intersection of March and Roosevelt avenues have neighbors and businesses concerned on the city's South Side.

But Linda Barden, a mechanic at Jim's Loop Auto Repair at that corner, said the intersection has been a problem for several months.

"There re just too many accidents here," Barden said. "It's getting out of hand."

Barden, along with other neighbors KSAT 12 News talked to, believe that accidents have increased at the intersection due to construction to the south at South Flores and Roosevelt, which is closed due to a Bexar County project to alleviate flooding.

The closure is sending more drivers north on Roosevelt, where they can turn onto March to get to Flores.

On Wednesday evening, two cars slammed into each other when one of the vehicles did not yield to oncoming traffic while turning onto March.

"There's no signal at the light," said Rita Vega, who was rereouted due to the crash. "People just don't stop."

Vega said she's seen three traffic accidents at the intersection in three days.

Barden also agrees that there should be a turn signal at March and Roosevelt. She has submitted to online requests to the city.

Roosevelt is actually a state-owned road.

TxDOT, as well as the city, said the issue is caused by a temporary construction project, which is not enough to warrant installing a new traffic signal.

Bexar County hopes to open up traffic at South Flores and Roosevelt in mid-February.

Barden hopes there will be fewer accidents in the future.

"But people get used to doing things a certain way," she says, "so maybe they'll continue coming to March to get to Flores."

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