SHADY SHORES — For at least seven years, residents have complained to town officials that a stretch of Lakeshore Road posed a threat to pedestrians and residents living nearby because it lacked proper lighting.
The road doesn’t have any streetlights, so at night, it’s difficult to see a curve that is hidden by a row of trees on each side.
But this week, officials are installing a new street light on the road near what many residents call the “S-turn.”
The turn, which gets its nickname from its “S” shape, is marked with a few signs that warn motorists to slow down, proceed with caution and to watch out for children.
“The council approved the placement of the street light at a strategic point just prior to the dangerous curve on Lakeshore where several serious accidents have occurred in the past,” Mayor Jerry Williams said.
Residents are happy about the new light and said they are hopeful that it will help make the area safer for everyone.
The streetlight was approved in February and cost only $124 out of the town’s maintenance budget. Oncor will install the light this week on an existing pole located on a resident’s property.
Residents hope that the additional lighting will help motorists see the curve and slow down before it’s too late.
According to residents and town officials, a couple walking on the road were struck by a vehicle a few years ago and transported to area hospitals.
The Corinth Police Department was called and the Lake Cities Fire Department handled the injuries.
“This past year we have had two bad accidents in the area and both times had our fire hydrant destroyed,” Williams said.
He said homeowners in the area have been trying to get the streetlight up for years, but the item just never got moved through the Town Council.
Building support for the streetlight wasn’t easy.
According to Town Council minutes, a city-appointed committee originally felt that a streetlight would be ineffective and recommended installing signage instead, warning motorists to slow down. And at one point, the council thought that reducing the speed limit along the road would encourage motorists to drive slowly.
Residents who live near the curve say the growth of the town is one reason the curve has become more dangerous in the last seven years.
The road runs alongside a nearby lake, and residents said that the lake and boat docks attract more traffic, too.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .