“We wanted to make sure we did due diligence before bringing this to the board,” Palacios said.
The board also voted to install “no through” truck signs at three intersections to help mitigate traffic using the neighborhood to travel between East Bankhead Highway and Fort Worth Highway.
The intersections of Chimney Rock Drive and Whiterock Drive, Chimney Rock Drive and Chimney Rock Court, and Mesa Drive and Whiterock Drive will receive the signs after traffic counters showed increased speed and traffic numbers for a normal residential street. Three accidents have been reported in the area, although none were thought to be because of speed.
Palacios said residents have asked for stop signs over the last few years, but the signs have not been shown to stop the problem. Once Mesa Drive is extended to Bankhead from Fort Worth Highway, the traffic and speeding problems should cease, Palacios said, though it was not clear when that would occur.
Simmons said that if the residents want the signs, they should be able to have them.
“This is the second or third time this has come before us and we need to take some action,” Simmons said.
Board Chairman Norman Hythecker suggested putting the signs up and if it doesn’t work, allowing the residents to petition for speed bumps, which was unanimously approved.