Victoria Traffic Concerns

Traffic concerns on Victoria road through Castlegate and Castlegate II

 

Citizens can contact James Robertson via email or phone.

Phone Number: (979) 764-3862

Email Address: jrobertson@cstx.gov

 

In general, here are some responses Traffic Engineering has provided concerning Victoria Avenue:

  • Victoria Avenue @ Etonbury Avenue

o   This intersection could become an all-way stop in the future if an engineering study were to find that an all-way stop is warranted based upon crash history and traffic volume.  It would be a violation of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for us to post an all-way stop for the purpose of controlling speed along Victoria Avenue.  The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is adopted within the Texas Transportation Code. We should have funds for this evaluation in next year’s budget. 

  • Victoria Avenue @ Norwich Drive

o   Traffic Engineering will evaluate this intersection in the future to determine if an all-way stop is warranted.  Given that Norwich Drive is a residential street, it is unlikely that the evaluation will find this to be the case.  We are looking into installing pedestrian crossing signs. This would be evaluated at the same time Victoria Avenue @ Etonbury Avenue is evaluated. 

  • Victoria Avenue Speed Limit

o   Traffic Engineering and CSPD will work on collecting speed data along the roadway to determine if the speed limit should be changed and to determine what level of enforcement could be needed.  CSPD is stretched thin, therefore, it will take time before this evaluation can be completed.

  • Victoria Avenue Speed Humps

o   Because Victoria Avenue is a primary response route for the College Station Fire Department, we will not be able to consider speed bumps along this roadway.  Speed humps have a negative effect on emergency response times and pose a risk to patients in ambulances.  As an example, imagine you’re the person that fell off a ladder and hurt your back.  As the ambulance takes you to the hospital, it now has to go over the speed humps as it exits the neighborhood. 

  • Children at Play signs

o   These signs cannot be installed because it would be a violation of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Additionally, these signs have been found to increase risk to children in the communities where they are posted.  Driver’s tend to ignore the signs because they often see them without also seeing children.  At the same time, some parents assume the signs are affecting driver behavior and use less caution in the observation of their children.  This decreased observation with no change in driver behavior increases risk.