Why San Angelo's Thrill Show and Destruction Derby Must Go On for 12 More Weeks
SAN ANGELO, TX – The intersection of Harris Ave. and Koenigheim in downtown San Angelo will be without a permanent traffic signal for at least 12 more weeks. The absence of the traffic light at that intersection has transformed the busy intersection in the city's center into a thrill show and destruction derby for many drivers with frequent crashes. The traffic light, ironically, was damaged in a crash there earlier this month.
According to City of San Angelo Traffic Operations Superintendent Dustin Hohensee, a new "master arm" to hold the traffic light above the intersection has been ordered but will take 10 to 12 weeks to manufacture.
The intersection is currently controlled by stop signs and several traffic accidents have occurred there because drivers seem to be expecting the traffic light and are confused by the stop signs.
Harris Ave. is a two way street while Koenigheim is a one way street.
"A contract has been drafted for a contractor to complete foundation work before the master arm is delivered." Hohensee said.
Watch video of the crazy driving around and through the dangerous intersection:
The City has also purchased a portable traffic signal to be placed at this intersection but will not be delivered for approximately two weeks.
The traffic light was damaged in a crash and was removed in early January.
A similar situation occurred on S. Abe at Concho Ave. in April 2018. As we reported at the time, police chased a Ram 1500 pickup through town. The truck, eastbound on W. Concho Ave., ran the red light at S. Abe St. and crashed into a Chevy Equinox driven by an 83-year-old woman. The woman was miraculously not injured, but one passenger inside the Ram with the now-banged-up prisoner was killed. After striking the Equinox, the truck hit a pole that held up the signal light and that appeared to be what caused the death.
The traffic signal at that intersection also had to be ordered and traffic was controlled there by stop signs for months while the master arm was manufactured.
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