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Oil surge affects traffic

Traffic seems to be on the rise and many residents think the oil surge may be a factor in the growth. Read more here.
Traffic seems to be on the rise and many residents think the oil surge may be a factor in the growth.

San Angeloans said they are seeing more cars on the roads and a light that may have once had three cars behind it now has doubled.

"The traffic has increased immensely," said one local driver.

Turns out, residents are right. On Knickerbocker Road between US 87 and Loop 306, thousands more cars are on the roads.

"Oh, absolutely traffic there's an increase in traffic. Sure," stated TXDOT PIO Karen Threlkeld.

On Knickerbocker Road between US 87 and Loop 306 back in 1883, almost 18,000 cars were seen per day. The number jumped in 2003 to 24,000 vehicles.

"It depends on which highway you're on. I mean, primarily in San Angelo, primarily it affects our Knickerbocker, our city streets. Out in the rural areas, US 67 down towards Merzon...there's certain areas of our county it affects more than others," continued Threlkeld.

Business owner Frank Diaz said his restaurant, Paco's Place, has been in San Angelo for 35 years. In that time, traffic has grown exponentially.

"Sure enough doubled...This, this intersection right here at the corner of Bell and Harris is extremely busy...you got a cross from going Downtown, you got people coming in off of Houston Hart, that make their way this way... You have the base who's down...all the way down at Bell Street...it continues to grow every year," Threlkeld said.

Diaz credited the traffic to helping his business grow.

"It's helped, it's definitely helped. Just to have that many people, you know, continue to go by here...at this little crossway, you know, everyday. And so, yeah, it definitely has helped us," stated Diaz.

So, what can San Angelo expect to see in the future? For starters, here one Bryant Boulevard in 2032 over 46,000 cars are expected to pass through.
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