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1/25/05-Tyler

Worries For Driver Safety Along Shiloh Road

Shiloh Road is a busy and sometimes dangerous stretch of road, just ask David Goughnor. He's seen dozens of accidents along the road in his four years as a resident here.

"It's very dangerous," David said. "I've seen a head-on. I've seen all kinds of accidents here."
It's a bad stretch of road that could get even worse. A local developer wants to add a medical complex at the center of the road's most dangerous curve.

Residents of the Woodbridge Subdivision nearby claim drivers travelling along this S-curve of Shiloh Road, on numerous occasions, have lost control of their vehicles and slammed into the wall of their subdivision.

"We already have a traffic problem here," David said. "Adding 500 to 800 cars per day is only going to exacerbate the current traffic problem."

Shiloh Road is a quick cut between Broadway and Copeland Roads for Tyler drivers. David said there have been hundreds of accidents in the area over the past few decades. The evidence is in the accident reports.

"103 accidents since January of 1988. That's 103. Thirty of those were major accidents, 45 were minor, 5 were hit-and-runs," David listed.

It's because of those accidents, David and other residents are requesting the land developer, Fair Investments, conduct a traffic impact study before taking a step toward building the new complex.

"If the traffic impact study does not show that this will significantly impact traffic let them do exactly what they've planned."

David hopes whatever the decision, the planning and zoning commission put safety above progress.

We contacted officials at Fair Investments, the owners of the property. No one was available for comment at the time of our calls.

The city of Tyler will consider the zoning change at Wednesday's city council meeting at 9 a.m. in the council chambers.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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