Site of numerous accidents temporarily closed

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Harlingen - Drive down this busy intersection in Harlingen and you'll notice orange barriers.

"We determined that by closing the leg of this intersection, we could reduce a number of conflicts."

Carlos Sanchez, assistant city manager for the city of Harlingen said.

All three streets intersect.

Sanchez said there have been roughly seven to eight crashes a year for the past several years.

"If we can reduce that, and increase the safety, that's our goal."

Jeana Martin is a pastor at Wesley Methodist Church on Austin avenue.

She said this is a welcomed change.

"We have a preschool here, and we have a lot of people crossing the street and our parking is on one side and I know that people zip through here really quickly."

Martin said the intersection can be tricky for drivers to maneuver through.

"I've seen accidents. I've seen people not understand how to make the turn right there, so it's pretty dangerous."

She said with the barriers now in place, things have slowed down.

"I think it will keep this area a little bit safer and keep our kids safer too."

There will be a permanent solution in the future.

"Give it about six months or so, we'll be installing a curb and a sidewalk to connect, or permanently close the street."

He hopes for now, these barriers will do the trick.

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