Posted: Mar 13, 2013 8:41 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2013 10:34 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Robert Drive speeders beware, the City has heard the complaints of neighbors and they soon will be watching you in a traffic study. After our story aired about problems at the intersection of Gaines and Robert, more neighbors are speaking out saying drivers need to slow down.
"Just shazooming by here so fast," says Robert Drive resident Kenny Amado.
And people who live here say it's like that all day on Robert Drive. Drivers using the street as a short cut between Alameda and Ocean Drive, but driving sometimes well over the posted limit.
"Ya kind of like what he just did where he kind of curved on to the edge, that's one of the things we are talking about. almost like a slingshot or a pinball machine when you get the little ball ready and it shoots out, that's what I feel like these cars are little balls coming down my street," says Amado.
Kenny Amado has lived at the corner of Robert Drive and Junior Terrace since 2009, and just three days after moving in he witnessed his first speeding related accident. Other accidents over the years have taken a toll not only on resident's yards, but also on the warning signs many of which have been knocked down by speeders.
"It's just trying to get from point A to point B as quick as possible," says Amado.
City traffic engineer, Charlie Cardenas, says using money from a 2008 bond allowed the city to make big improvements on Robert Drive, like widening and resurfacing it. But fixing one problem led to another.
"We have made that stretch with the new construction of course safer and more efficient, unfortunately people take advantage of that and want to speed," says Charlie Cardenas.
In the mean time, Cardenas says he will talk with police about placing a speed display monitor on the road to let drivers know how fast they're going. Residents look forward to the changes.
"Slow down you know. We are here and we are watching and we don't want to get hurt and we don't want any one else to get hurt we just want people to be safe as they are going through," says Amado.
The city will soon be monitoring those speeder with a traffic study the will conduct once traffic returns to its normal patterns after spring break.
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