Traffic survey shows respondents want lower speeds on SH 29


By Kristen Meriwether
and Rachel Madison

The City of Liberty Hill published the results of its Community Transportation Survey on Dec. 29. The feedback was given by residents during the annual Christmas Festival on Dec. 11.

Of the 365 responses, 333 said they live in Liberty Hill. When asked, 44.3% of respondents said they experienced unacceptable congestion during their commute, with 31.8% saying they were unsatisfied with Liberty Hill roads.

Respondents were asked to rank their top three priorities for roads inside the city limits. Safety at the entrance of the Liberty Parke neighborhood ranked number one, with 35% of respondents ranking it their highest priority.

Lowering the speed limit on State Highway 29 ranked second. After reviewing and analyzing a Texas Department of Transportation study, the Liberty Hill City Council voted on Nov. 3 to reduce the speed limit from 55 to 50 miles per hour.

City Administrator Lacie Hale said at that meeting TxDOT plans to do another study after all of the traffic lights scheduled for SH 29 are installed.

“There will eventually be seven lights between CR 200 and Seward Junction,” she said in November. “Once we get those completed it will, by nature, slow down traffic.”

Speeding, running lights and distracted drivers were listed above 10% on all three priority lists. Forrest Street was cited as a specific road where respondents wanted to see better speed enforcement.

In a Dec. 20 interview with The Independent, Hale said she was at the Christmas Festival on Dec. 11 receiving questions from residents for a portion of the time. She said she enjoyed helping residents understand what problems the City could solve and which ones needed to be addressed by the County.

“A lot of residents, they’re very passionate about projects outside of our city limits,” Hale said. “We were able to direct them on where they can get the best information.”

Toll road construction, County road maintenance and getting on and off of SH 29 were the top three priorities for roads outside the city limits, according to the survey. Respondents suggested repairing potholes, widening and adding lanes, adding signals for each subdivision and adding shoulders or turn lanes to existing roads.