Changes Afoot at Hillcrest/Daniel Intersection

At Tuesday’s University Park City Council meeting, public works director Bud Smallwood proposed changes to the intersection at Hillcrest and Daniel avenues that would include a dedicated left-hand turn lane from Daniel onto Hillcrest.

I know I’ve sat in a long line of cars backed up on Daniel  and into Snider Plaza as the one at the signal waits to turn left on Hillcrest, so the turn lane is great news. According to the memo, another justification for changes is the “number of pedestrian-vehicle accidents” at the intersection.

Smallwood said the signal work will cost $25,000. “The other ancillary work would be the work associated with curb and gutter, and some concrete work to basically move the curb and gutter south approximately six feet,” to accommodate the new turn lane, he said.

Adding in the removal of a Live Oak tree that impedes construction, the total cost of the project tops out at $48,000.

The City Council approved the concept, and the Public Works Department will bring in Dannie Cummings of C&P Engineering to draw up plans for construction.

4 thoughts on “Changes Afoot at Hillcrest/Daniel Intersection

  • August 27, 2010 at 11:11 am

    What’s needed is a southbound left turn lane on Hillcrest at Daniels. It’s brutal when stuck in the left lane going nowhere and the SUV’s are backing out of parking into the right lane after the kiddos have gorged themselves on Mustang Donuts.

  • August 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Any bets on how much it goes over the $48,000.

  • August 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    @bm, while I am generally critical on City of UP’s project choices and project re-dos, I think that they are extraordinarily good at soliciting bids, managing the process, and holding the contractors to those bids.

    I would take your bet.


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