CORPUS CHRISTI — Plans are underway to fix an intersection that many have named Corpus Christi's "dead" mans curve. It's the area of Rodd Field Road and Yorktown Boulevard, which is near Kolda Elementary.
Today, crews opened a tee-intersection there. They plan to shut down Airline Road, where there have been at least two fatal accidents in the last few years.
Many people who live nearby or those who drive in the area say these changes are much needed because it's a dangerous intersection, is not well lit, and is narrow.
"It is dangerous, and crazy, and there's really inconsiderate people who don't slow down for the kids or school buses," said Mary Gray, a nearby neighbor.
Gray has lived in the Rancho Vista neighborhood, which is south of the busy intersection, since 2014. She's seen how busy this this fork in the road has gotten in the past few years.
Construction for the Del Mar College Southside campus is underway, and new homes are being built all around.
"We moved out here because we thought it was going to be quiet," said Gray. "But now it's booming and growing."
That's why she and many others say the work to make the intersection much safer cannot come soon enough.
"I'm just ready for them to get it cleaned up, and be safer, because there are a lot of kids out here," said Gray.
After opening the tee-intersection today, the next step is to work on turning Rodd Field Road into a six-lane roadway.
Drivers in the area should still expect delays. Crews still need to make some improvements, including getting the traffic signal activated. All the construction on Rodd Field road is expected to be completed during Spring 2021.