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A need for speed prompts residents to call for change

Since Gamez’s street connects both O'Connor Road and Kitty Hawk Road just off I-35, cars have begun using it as a cut-through. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - Using the fastest route for some drivers is becoming an issue for a San Antonio neighborhood on the Northeast Side.

“They're going too fast to even brake if something were to all of a sudden jump in front of you,” says resident Isaac Gamez.

Gamez lives along Misty Ridge Drive with his wife and four children. Since Gamez’s street connects both O'Connor Road and Kitty Hawk Road just off I-35, cars have begun using it as a cut-through.

Gamez said it keeps his family and neighbors from living fully and safely.

“Everybody has family in here, so we're just trying to have a safe environment,” Gamez said.

Another resident, Louis Moncelsi described why so many cars are using the neighborhood as a shortcut.

“Part of the problem is the cars that are speeding are the ones that are coming off of Kitty Hawk going down to O'Connor because they don't want to go up the long way to O'Connor and Crestwood,” Moncelsi said. “They're trying to avoid the light. So, they're using this as a shortcut to get to 35.”

Moncelsi said he and his wife walk the neighborhood daily and often witness how many cars speed through the street.

“I see children playing, and someone's going to get hurt really bad,” Moncelsi said. “So I just think something has to be done.”

The street also host an elementary school. Gamez is worried that his kids cannot safely play basketball on his driveway or ride their bikes.

“I mean you have to be out here basically just coaching traffic and making sure they're stopping, putting up your hand,” Gamez said. “You know some people do slow down, but a lot of people, they don't.”

Concern for his kids led Gamez to call Problem Solver to see if we might have some better luck.

We reached out to Bexar County to find a solution.

This is the statement we received: “Bexar County Public Works recently received the request and will begin the traffic engineering study within the next month. Studies such as this can take quite a while as it is a very detailed process. We anticipate it may take up to about six to eight months before we have the results.”

Ultimately, residents we spoke with say speed bumps would be an improvement, but stop signs are the goal.

“Stop signs would be amazing,” Gamez said.

“Stop signs would be the answer,” Moncelsi said. “People thought about speed bumps but I think that would not solve the problem. We need some we need at least two or three stop signs within this block to make it safer.”

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