City of Andrews Traffic Woes 7/19/12
CBS 7 News
July 19, 2012
Andrews, TX - Traffic is taking over the city of Andrews. It has residents and even police fed up.
Sue Fox owns a business on one of the busiest streets of Andrews.
“We don't have to look out the window we can actually hear it,” Fox said, “When the big trucks come by, which is all the time, it rattles the windows.”
She says in just a couple of years she's seen a dramatic increase in traffic.
“It's just congested at all the intersections,” she said, “It's pretty bad,”
Fox even witnessed a few crashes right in front of her store.
“Downtown Andrews is unreal,” said Andrews Chief of Police Bud Jones.
He says they are stretched thin, from working accidents to traffic violations and they are planning on hiring an officer with a new unit in the fall to focus solely on traffic.
“Its to minimize the accidents and most importantly minimize traffic fatalities,” he said.
Jones says there is overwhelming support from the City Council and city manager. As for Fox, the relief for the department is a relief to hear.
“I think that's the biggest thing, is that they don't enforce,” she said, “They need an officer to enforce traffic laws.”
The APD along with TxDOT did a traffic survey that they will present to the council in their next meeting on Thursday.