Stop sign at Liberty Way and Jackson Drive, Melissa, TX

Stop sign at Liberty Way and Jackson Drive, Melissa, TX

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Haley Winchester started this petition to Residents of Melissa

Hello my fellow Melissa Residents,

I am seeking support for a 3- way stop sign at the intersection of Liberty Way and Jackson Drive. I have voiced my concerns in the past and made some headway in regards to the landscaping (thank you Mark Pacheco) but the decision to put an actual stop sign here was DENIED.

This is the intersection right in front of the Liberty subdivision clubhouse. My family and I cross this street so very often to go to the park, the basketball court, the pool, the soccer fields. I have found this intersection to be incredibly dangerous for pedestrians and namely, our children. Cars really pick up speed down Liberty Way and seem to have reached a top speed right in front of our amenities which are accessed regularly by pedestrians.

Please see the following correspondence regarding this intersection.  I would love to have a showing of support, I am convinced it will save a life!

 

 

Haley Winchester <haleywinchester@gmail.com>
Jun 22, 2019, 7:16 AM
 


to jlittle, Mark


Hello,

I am writing to express my concerns over the Liberty Way and Jackson intersection. I have been meaning to write this email for some time and am finally sitting down to do so after I witnessed another child almost getting ran over. I am requesting several things for the safety of our children and residents. 1) Stop signs at this intersection 2) Removal of hedges that are right next to the street.

Many people are coming and going from the neighborhood amenities and I feel that a stop sign here would be very beneficial. Cars tend to really pick up speed through this area. The hedges block the view from cars and small children into the pedestrian ROW. I will give this story as an example. My children and I were leaving the park when my son took off on his tricycle (age 3 at the time). He was on the part of the sidewalk that is in front of the clubhouse heading toward Liberty way. The sidewalk is sloped here so he was able to pick up more speed. I could see a car headed north and was sprinting and screaming at him to stop. Because of the hedges, the car could not see him and he could not see the car. It was only by the grace of God that he was not ran over, the near miss was so close that it brought me to my knees. 

This past week, another child was almost ran over as he just crossed this intersection without even stopping or looking either direction. As mentioned above, cars are going pretty fast at this point in Liberty Way. I know it is our job as parents to watch over our children and teach them road safety but I think there is more to be done than that for this intersection. 

 

Please let me know if there are other people/avenues I should take to bring this to the right person's attention.

Thank you so much!

Haley Winchester 

 
Jason Little <jlittle@cityofmelissa.com>
Jun 24, 2019, 11:28 AM
 


to me


Good morning Haley,

Thank you for the email.  I will be discussing this with the Police and Engineering before I can formally respond, but I wanted to make sure you knew the message was received.


Thanks,


Jason
 

Jason Little <jlittle@cityofmelissa.com>
Jun 24, 2019, 4:24 PM
 


to me


As a follow-up to my previous email, the City has deployed a portable sign kiosk to remind drivers to slow down.  It is likely we will try to address the concerns with signage as opposed to a stop sign since this request is close to the Liberty Way/Pennsylvania intersection; however, the City Engineer is reviewing the stop sign request.  As for the hedges, that area is an HOA controlled lot, so they would have to be the one to address the hedges. 

 

Thanks,

Jason
 

 

Haley Winchester <haleywinchester@gmail.com>
Jun 25, 2019, 7:54 AM
 


to Mark, Jason, bcc: Wesley


Jason, 

Thank you for your response. I have included Liberty HOA representative in these emails.

I would like to point out that there are stop signs between Jackson and Washington Drive and Washington and Pennsylvania. Placing a stop sign at Jackson and Liberty Way would be the same or similar distance between as these and would keep cars from picking up so much speed between the two. With this intersection probably being the most highly pedestrian trafficked intersections (neighborhood amenities as well as kids making their way to school) in the neighborhood, I really feel a stop sign is necessary. 

Thanks again for your attention to this matter,

Haley Winchester

 

 

 
 

Mark Pacheco <mark.pacheco@fsresidential.com>
Jun 25, 2019, 2:22 PM
 


to me, Jason


I would be happy to have the landscape company put something together to replace the hedges in front of the amenity center. I will take that proposal to the board for their review and approval. If approved then the change would happen. I will keep you informed.
 

 

Jason Little <jlittle@cityofmelissa.com>
Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 11:37 AM
 


to Duane, me, Mark


Thank you for your feedback. 

 

Speed was measured from June 24, 2019 to June 26, 2019.  The speed limit on Liberty Way is 30 mph.  The speed data shows the average speed at 28 mph.  As with any survey, there are those that speed.  I have asked the Police Department for targeted patrols to be visible in this area. 

 

Additionally, while the distance would be similar to the spacing on Washington, there are differences:

•             Washington is a 100+’ road section that is divided with a median and native foliage within.  Liberty Way is a 37’ undivided roadway section

•             Liberty Way is a collector street that does not have houses that front on it; Washington is a local roadway that has houses front it

•             Pedestrians going to and from the school from the east of the Liberty subdivision are encouraged to cross where there is a crossing guard at Pennsylvania and Liberty Way during the school year. 

•             Adding an additional stop sign on the main traveling corridor to McKillop Elementary would likely cause additional pick up/drop off congestion that does not appear to be warranted for the concerns of speed. 

 

Mark, can a reminder be placed in the newsletter that reminds residents to watch their speed as you travel through Liberty?

 

Thanks for your time,

 

Jason

 


Mark Pacheco <mark.pacheco@fsresidential.com>
Jul 15, 2019, 8:42 AM
 


to Duane, Jason, me


Good morning,

 

I wanted to give an update on some changes at the front of the amenity center. The Board approved for us to cut the hedges back 10 feet on both sides and lay river rock. This will give drives a clearer view when approaching that area and still keep an attractive look to the front of the amenity center. This work should start this week.
 

 

Haley Winchester <haleywinchester@gmail.com>
Jul 15, 2019, 1:28 PM
 


to Wesley, Mark, Jason, Duane


Wonderful news! Thank you, Mark!

 

 

 

 

 

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So just to update, the hedges were pulled back, this allows little pedestrians and drivers alike to see little ones coming down the hill towards the road much better. Again, thank you Mark, for making that happen!

My concerns are that this is still an ongoing issue and now even more than it was 2 years ago when I first brought it up. There are more houses, more traffic. Liberty Way now connects into North Creek and will soon connect into Hunter’s Creek (not to mention the potential for the grocery store and other new business construction that will also bring more traffic).

 We need to be proactive for the safety of our youngest and most vulnerable residents. Will you stand behind me and support a stop sign for this intersection? I hope so, because I am convinced, we can save someone’s life! There is power in numbers. Thank you for taking the time to try to understand the issue and it is my greatest wish that we can get it resolved #together because we are #melissastrong.

 

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