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    August 14, 2010 at 2:54 p.m.
  • I have never used Railway to cut through to Clark School Rd, oops, I mean Briggs, but when I came into town today I did, just cuz I could. They have the car counter thing down, a working speed limit reminder thingy that flashes your speed at you, someone rolling around in a golf cart...it was like a war zone! You people seriously need to get another hobby besides yourselves!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 8:10 p.m.
  • Rocket science it is not!! At the newly installed light, just make all the vehicles coming from West High and Cade turn left or right when leaving school and make everyone do the same if trying to go to school on Tropical Drive in the morning. That would change the whole driving situation. I live in Woodway and would not care if I had to drive out of my way to keep extra traffic out of the neighborhood.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:25 p.m.
  • Corleone, or can I call you Don (joke)? How do you know all these people are cutting through & not going home, visiting, working in the neighborhood, etc? Have you done a survey, surveillance tracking, stalker cars etc, to prove your theory? There are lots of neighborhoods used as cut throughs, Redwood being a classic example. Northcrest traffic is horrendous also. My parents live in a house on a corner & at all times, day & night people are flying down Glascow & that is a narrow road. Get over yourselves, y'all DO want to "own" your roads, you just don't wanna pay for the upkeep.

    August 9, 2010 at 6:51 p.m.
  • I agree with Mr. Soliz , the streets belongs to all citizens!! Woodway {upscale} residents.......news flash ....... traffic everywhere , drugs everywhere, gangs everywhere, Duhhh!!!! Here's a solution.....MOVE!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:37 p.m.
  • Speed bumps do work well at slowing traffic down, but they also cause damage to vehicles that hit them too fast. There are thousands of lawsuits against cities that have speed bumps because of the damage they have caused. Because of this, the city will not consider them. That is why there are no speed bumps anywhere in Victoria.
    Woodway residents are taxpayers too - nobody in Woodway wants to own the streets, they just want reduced traffic to make it safer for the residents. The residents are volunteering their own time to study the issue and make a recommendation to city council.
    If you live in a neighborhood with traffic problems, then get other neighborhood residents organized, come up with a workable solution, and talk to your city council representative about the best way to approach the city. This is what Woodway residents are doing. Copy this model, and perhaps your neighborhood can be safer too. You can’t expect results for just calling the city and complaining. You must bring a solution that is lucid, logical, is supported by, and clearly benefits the majority of constituents.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:55 p.m.
  • thewww,

    Exactly!! They should be careful what they ask for. If the whole issue is about speed, then speed bumps will do the trick, and it will get the cars driving through to pick another route. Mission accomplished.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:24 p.m.
  • Born...Speed bumps do indeed work wonders. They poppa oscar the people who live on the street more than the ones just cutting through. THEY can take an alternate route, but the people who live on the street are stuck with'em. Soliz is right, though -- the streets belong to the taxpayers. All of us.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:20 p.m.
  • Go Mr. Soliz!! You are absolutely correct! We back you up all the way. The streets do beong to all of the citizens in Victoria. Like HookEm1 said, what about all of the other streets in Victoria that are used for shortcuts. I live in Northcrest and we always have so much traffic especially during the school year. The two elementary schools, academy, kohls, walgreens, need I go on. No one has closed our streets because of traffic. If you don't like it....move!

    August 9, 2010 at 12:59 p.m.
  • SPEED BUMPS

    August 9, 2010 at 12:41 p.m.
  • Speed bumps work wonders

    August 9, 2010 at 12:40 p.m.
  • Are speeders the issue? Or is increased traffic the issue?
    If speeders are the issue then how about more enforcement, or speed bumps?

    August 9, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.
  • Just because this is an "upscale" neighborhood should not give it any greater priority. As Hookem said, just how many of these complaining residents take Briggs Rd. to cut thru Northcrest to get to Academy, Walmart, etc. Hathaway Street is virtually a freeway for traffic from Target to Walmart and I know for fact that this has been brought up and nothing done. Castle Hills is used as a cut thru from Salem to Sam Houston. King Arthur the same from Salem to Navarro. The list goes on and on. I agree, the Woodway street may need attention, but so do alot of others that have been brought up. The amount of money the homes cost should not have any bearing on prioritizing.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
  • This isn't an issue about closing a street as it has been made out to be. It is an issue of the city council listening to concerned citizens, taking reasonable steps to respond, and to protect those citizens. Since the completion of the 77-87 interchange, and now with the addition of West High School, Woodway has seen a significant increase in non-resident traffic, which is a risk to children, residents, and can increase crime. Woodway residents have united over the traffic problem via a committee, and they are seeking a solution to be recommended to City Council. City Council will then have a choice to make - do nothing, or listen to the constituents. Will that recommendation involve closing Railwood? Possibly, but that is not the point.

    I agree that public streets are just that. But I also believe that citizens should have the ability to influence reasonable changes to our city that make it a better & safer place to live. After all, that is why we elect our City Council members - so that they will represent our interests.

    Mr. Soliz - You are obligated to look at this issue in a manner of pros & cons to the citizens that it affects - nothing more. If residents of your neighborhood (your constituents) want streets closed to reduce illegal activity, then encourage them to unite in an effort to make that happen. Bring a reasonable recommendation to city council and get it done. That is exactly what Woodway residents are doing.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:40 a.m.
  • YOU GO MR. GABRIEL!!!!!
    Just because the "good ol' boy system" wants to close the street for their convenience---you are absolutely right !!!!!
    THE STREET BELONGS TO ALL CITIZENS OF VICTORIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Everyone has to deal with cut thru traffic in different neighborhoods. If you do it for one, you do it for everybody!!

    August 9, 2010 at 11:29 a.m.
  • LEAVE IT OPEN !!!! LEAVE IT OPEN !!!

    Polasek dont let your family influence your vote. The hard decision is not the easy road.

    August 9, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.
  • Why not just add ANOTHER traffic light there too. If the city chooses to close this road, then, in my opinion, they are just opening a big can of worms for all the other thousands of streets people use as shortcuts.

    August 9, 2010 at 9:19 a.m.
  • Why does the mayor's neigborhood get this special treatment????

    August 9, 2010 at 8:39 a.m.
  • How about we just wait another couple of weeks and see if this is really a problem, and if so, how big a problem it actually is?

    August 9, 2010 at 7:20 a.m.
  • Worried about traffic through that neighborhood? Did any of you that live there oppose the high school being built where it is? Everyone has 20-20 hindsight, eh? The east side high school situation is no better, the great visionaries of this town can't see past their noses.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:14 a.m.
  • I agree with those who have posted...the street belongs to every tax payer in the city...keep to your guns Mr. Soliz.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:06 a.m.
  • And ... while we are at it, why don't we close Mead & Kelly Creek between Malette and Glascow so the residents of Woodway can not 'cut through' to get to the Mall? And, let's close Mesquite between Laurent and Navarro, and Evergreen between Sam Houston and Navarro, and on and on.

    Mr. Polasek makes an excellent point when he says, "the streets belong to ALL of the citizens". If this exception is made ... we need to do it for EVERY street with a private residence.

    Hang in there, Mr. Soliz. You are in the right. Let's see how many of your fellow council persons vote with you!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:49 a.m.
  • Ah, Mr. Soliz has it right...if Woodway residents want the streets closed to keep the unwashed, huddled masses off of them, then they need to become a gated community at their HOAs expense, not the taxpayers.

    Mr. Soliz is a breath of fresh air.

    August 8, 2010 at 9:05 p.m.