UMH seeks crosswalk, reduced speed on Garner Field

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Uvalde City Council supports the installation of a pedestrian crosswalk in the 1000 block of Garner Field Road, as well as reducing the speed limit in the area from 40 mph to 30 mph.

The crosswalk, which includes a median, would be funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, while the city of Uvalde would be responsible for reducing the speed limit.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital chief executive officer Tom Nordwick requested support from council members during their meeting held Tuesday evening at city hall. He would like the crosswalk installed, and speed limit reduced, as soon as possible.

Nordwick said he is scheduled to meet with TxDOT to hash out details next week.

“On a request such as the one mentioned, the approval of the request would be made at a higher level than the local office, so that it can be studied by an engineer specifically trained to analyze the requests feasibility as to impact to traffic (automobile and pedestrian),” said Laura Lopez, a TxDOT spokesperson.

Lopez said TxDOT budgets are planned out in advance and are generally annual. If special requests/projects come up, such as a request from a third party like the hospital, the funding would be based upon if/when funds would be available for the project and the perceived urgency of doing the project, if approved.


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