Carla Ransom has lived on Alamocitos Creek Drive off Bunny Trail for nearly six years. She says every morning and afternoon of every school day are the same.
“It gets really, really, super congested,” Ransom said.
Alamocitos Creek is notorious for its heavy school traffic during school drop-off and pick-up hours among locals. Haynes Elementary School is only a few blocks away, and Roy J. Smith Middle School, which opened this academic year, also adds heaps of congestion from school buses, parents and general traffic combined.
Since Ransom has lived there, she can expect to wake up to cars piled up on Alamocitos Creek to the stop sign into Bunny Trail about one-half mile down to the stop sign from Brushy Creek Drive — and then all over again once the kids get out.
Ransom runs a day care service, A Heart for the Children, at her home. Parents often call her, asking her to walk out and retrieve their kids as they wait in standstill traffic so they don’t lose their spots in line.
Ransom has also seen children dart across Alamacitos Creek, something she says is potentially dangerous for children coming to and from school.
She said it used to be even worse when there was a crosswalk located closer to Alamacitos Creek, which has since been moved closer to Haynes Elementary for increased safety.
“This is the worst street in this area because there is only one main outlet,” Ransom said, referring to the intersection of Bunny Trail and Alamocitos Creek. “We do have another one new by (Roy J. Smith Middle School), but from what I understand, it’s just as bad.”
City spokeswoman Hilary Shine said the city has heard concern from residents regarding the traffic around Bunny Trail and Alamocitos Creek.
Despite Alamocitos Creek being compliant with an ordinance stating a neighborhood with 30 or more homes requires two or more points of exit, Killeen is currently conducting a traffic study on the corridor.
Shine said both short- and long-term solutions are being explored.