Pedestrian safety on Rio Grande

A pedestrian waits in the turning lane while crossing East Rio Grande Street between the Jack in the Box and H-E-B.

The Victoria City Council changed its course Tuesday for a pedestrian safety project, approving a considerably cheaper and previously passed over plan for one of the city’s most dangerous blocks.

Tuesday, council members reevaluated two options for part of a project planned near H-E-B on East Rio Grande Street, an area that has been the site of several deadly crashes and a cause of concern among city officials for years. To make the area safer, the city is working with Texas Department of Transportation and H-E-B officials on a project that will signalize Azalea Street, reconfigure Stolz Street and relocate H-E-B’s driveway in an effort to improve safety for pedestrians.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter

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Brian Vandale

Does the City really think, that this is going to solve the problem. People are still going to cross, where ever they want.

Glenn Wilson

Brian -- This plan will provide a crossing option at Azalea that will be much safer than crossing at Laurent with its lines of cars right-turning through the crosswalk on both sides of Rio Grande. By contrast, Azalea/Stolz will no longer be a through street, and the traffic on Azalea is practically nonexistent compared to Laurent. Even so, there will still be those who attempt to jaywalk across Rio Grande between Laurent and Azalea. There's a saying that "you can't fix stupid". Actually you can, by running over it.

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