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'A death trap:' Neighbors worry about safety of I-10 construction in Boerne

People say the road is unsafe from 1604 to the John's Road exit in Boerne.

BOERNE, Texas — Neighbors are voicing their concerns over what they’re calling a “death trap.” The I-10 corridor from 1604 to Boerne has been under construction for almost two years.

TxDOT started the project in September of 2017 to expand the main lanes and add an HOV lane to the stretch of roadway.

But residents in Boerne who travel this freeway every day are calling it unsafe and dangerous. “It borders on almost despicable,” said Lilia Voigt.

Voigt sent a letter to TxDOT commissioners asking them to do something about the safety issues she says are caused by the construction. She said issues like tight barriers that don’t allow room for error, unclear lane markers and speeding in construction zones make the highway a “death trap.”

“It is absolutely the worst construction I've ever seen,” she said. Voigt took to social media to voice her concerns and survey her neighbors about their concerns.

“Within four hours, I got over 200 comments of nothing but concerns and people telling me the accidents that they'd been in,” she said. “Citizens of Boerne, as a whole, are just pretty frustrated right now."

Bobby Yelverton owns the Napa Auto Parts store along 1-10 in Boerne. The frontage road in front of his store has been under construction as well. “It has affected our business and it's affected our customers business,” he said.

The Boerne native also said he’s seen many accidents.

“It's just chaotic. It really is. And unfortunately, there's been some pretty bad wrecks on Interstate 10,” he said.

KENS 5 requested the crash data from TxDOT for this stretch of roadway and it was not available when this story aired.

Yelverton said he just wants to know when the construction will end. "We've been fighting for this for over two years now," he said. 

TxDOT said the project is halfway completed, and they anticipate the entire project to be completed by the spring of 2020.

As for Voigt, she just hopes TxDOT will address some of her safety concerns, especially now that she’s traveling with her newborn baby. “It's just it's so scary. I almost feel like I'm playing Russian Roulette with his life,” she said.


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