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4-way traffic light, possible second entrance coming to Victoria East

By Carolina Astrain
Jan. 30, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.

Students leave Victoria East High School at the school's only exit at Mockingbird Lane after dismissal Wednesday. The city of Victoria is planning to install a four-way stoplight at the intersection this summer.

Getting through after-school traffic is a test of patience for Victoria East High School parent Rafaela Estrada.

"I have to wait 15 minutes to get out of traffic after picking up my son," said the mother.

But before the next school year, traffic time may decrease for Estrada and other parents.

The Victoria school district and the city of Victoria have partnered to install a four-way traffic light at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Carriage Drive to decrease congestion during student dismissal and arrival at Victoria East.

Victoria Public Works Director Lynn Short said the installation is projected to cost about $350,000 at the city's expense.

"Once the traffic increased there, we conducted a traffic study, which warranted a signal being built there," Short said. "We're doing it to help with traffic congestion."

Victoria school district Executive Director of Administration Trey Edwards said the traffic light would only be operational during dismissal and arrival times.

"Having a light there is a very good idea," said Estrada. "Because there's no light there, the parking lot and entrance get crammed."

A possible second entrance at Victoria East, which the district and the Texas Department of Transportation are discussing, would also help alleviate congestion, Edwards said.

"It's in the works, but there's no timeline," Edwards said.

The second entrance would be paved from a frontage road off Loop 463 and would connect to the student parking lot, Edwards said.

Unlike the new traffic lights, construction of a second entrance would come out of the school district's budget, he said.

Reduced-speed limit, second entrance at Victoria West being explored

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