Online petition started to stop median on busy street McAllen

Plans to construct a median on one of McAllen TMs busiest streets caused controversy.

The raised median, which will be built on 10th Street between Trenton Road and 107, is a project of the Texas Department of Transportation.

While the McAllen City Commission approved it, some residents believe it would be an inconvenience.

I think they want us to spend more gasoline, or I don TMt know because you have to drive all the way to just do the U-turn, said Hugo Garcia, a McAllen resident.

Some residents are concerned that people like Garcia, who feel inconvenienced by a U-turn, will cause retailers along 10th Street to lose business.

That TMs one reason why an online petition was started.

All these businesses here are not locally owned. These are massive franchises, so we need to get those business owners to understand it," said Debbie Crane-Aliseda, a former McAllen school board member who signed the petition.

However, when TxDot presented the project during a public meeting in April, they said the project was necessary because of growth and congestion in the area.

Safety is the biggest factor in the decision, said City Commissioner Trey Pebley.

I think in the interest of safety and trying to protect people TMs lives, I think medians would be a good thing in that area because you do see people try to cut across three lanes of traffic to get in another lane to go the opposite direction, Pebley said.

Crane-Aliseda hopes the petition will cause the commissioners to rethink their approval of the project.

Construction is expected to start this winter.

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