Reduce Toro Canyon Rd Speed Limit

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Commissioner Shea,

Recently, we, the residents of the unincorporated area of Travis County, just north of Westlake Hills, have engaged in a conversation regarding the 40 mph posted speed limit along Toro Canyon Rd between Christopher Dr. and Westlake Dr.

As a result of this conversation we requested Travis County complete a speed test for this segment of county road.  The results of that speed test are quite startling.  First, it was discovered that this was the first time the speed limit has been investigated since 1977.  The results of the study show that drivers are regularly averaging at or above 50 mph at various points along this stretch.

This residential area is no different than most other areas in and around Austin, seeing exponential growth in the last 10 to 15 years.  This section of Toro Canyon is 100% residential and connects on both ends to other residential streets.  The topography and vegetation create extremely limited visibility (sight distance) for the many hidden driveways and side-street entry points.  That, coupled with the fact that this is a highly-used route for non-resident drivers (who are unfamiliar with the hidden driveways) to bypass congestion on Capital of Texas Highway, would lead a reasonable person to recognize that the posted 40 mph is extremely dangerous for the area residents (both human and animal).

We hoped that a reduction in posted speed could be achieved through the normal procedures advised by County staff.  However, this has not been the case.  Your constituents are reaching out to you for your attention and assistance with this issue.

 Sincerely,

 The residents of Westlake Highlands, Tierra Madrones & Toro Canyon Rd



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