City Council to Conduct Tests Near UAC

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It’s unclear whether Texas State University will move forward in conducting a traffic study at the intersection of North Guadalupe Street and West Woods Street after City Council declined to share the costs involved with the analysis on Tuesday night.

The intersection, located in front of the Undergraduate Admissions Center, is a hub for traffic. From pedestrians, to buses, to drop-offs, there’s a lot going on.

Facilities Associate Vice President Juan Guerra, Junior said that the University has been monitoring the congestion at the intersection for about two years.

It’s creating the potential for accidents or for people to get hurt.”
Facilities Associate Vice President Juan Guerra 

Because the intersection isn’t symmetrical, Guerra said that there is some confusion about where pedestrians are allowed to cross.

The city staff proposal to the council stated that the University and city would share the 49 thousand dollar cost of the study 50-50, and then also share the costs of any short or long-term repairs. The intersection contains both university and city owned streets, but is part of the 10-year campus master plan. Guerra said that the council’s decision was disappointing.

“I think the study would’ve given us a lot of good information about near-term and long-term solutions.”
– Facilities Associate Vice President Juan Guerra 

With the Sessom Drive closure later this summer, Guerra is worried about the added traffic to the intersection.

I think we definitely need to do some kind of an analysis of how do we improve the safety for everybody moving through that intersection? Not just students, but the entire San Marcos community.”

– Facilities Associate Vice President Juan Guerra 

For now, a study is not planned for the intersection.

Tara Pohlmeyer, KTSW News

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