Bryan Residents Asking for Change At Intersection

By: Shannon Dillon Email
By: Shannon Dillon Email

Sanjuana Mota has been living in the 1400 block of east William J. Bryan Parkway for twenty years. She says accidents are as common as traffic on the busy street. Mota wasn't home when a car crashed into a home Saturday on the corner of the intersection, and Robert Luna says he's not surprised the accident happened. He says within the past two years, he can recall at least two incidents that ended with a vehicle crashed into the same home.

"Sometimes they don't even stop. Maybe they don't see the stop sign, so they just keep going," says Bryan resident, Robert Luna.

There are stop signs on either side of N Coulter Drive, meaning drivers have to yield to oncoming traffic on William J. Bryan. The City of Bryan is considering traffic counts and accident history at the intersection. It says making it a four way stop may not be the safest solution.

"If you put a signal in a place especially in a location where there's very limited site distance, it might create more problems," says Dale Picha, City of Bryan Director of Traffic and Transportation.

Esther Jossa is most concerned about the safety of children who may cross the busy intersection to get to Haswell Pool and Haswell Park. She says their safety is the biggest reason, she is pushing for more safety measures as soon as possible.

"We really need a traffic light here to have more control and no accidents," Bryan resident Esther Jossa said.

Eventually traffic signals will be placed at both the east and west intersections of Coulter Drive and William J. Bryan Parkway.

The City of Bryan's Traffic and Transportation Department doesn't know when construction will begin, but says the entire project could cost up to $300,000.

"It's a incremental process and accidents are definitely unfortunate and we want to look at what's causing those and we want to be sure if it's a certain type of accident that can be corrected by a signal, then yes we will pursue it quicker," says Picha.

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