Traffic Fatality Near Certain at 500 Cartwright Rd in Mesquite

Jun 7, 2014 by

Traffic Fatality Near Certain at 500 Cartwright Rd in Mesquite

I have been writing in this space for more than a year now that a traffic fatality is going to happen at 500 W. Cartwright Road on the borders of Mesquite and Balch Springs. Thankfully, I’ve not been proven correct yet, but the past 48 hours have produced multiple opportunities for that to be true.

June 6 2014 accident B

June 6 2014 accident, 11:30 p.m.

In the past 48 hours now, there have been two serious accidents with west-bound drivers who, when they have stopped spinning, have been facing back toward the east in the middle of this very dangerous intersection. The second one happened tonight, Friday, June 6, 2014 about 11:30 p.m.  (See night photo)

At about 1 p.m. today, I video taped Mesquite ISD school bus 205 not only violate district policy by making a turn into this intersection during a red light (I don’t blame this driver for doing this, the light holds a ridiculous amount of time and people coming out of the complex probably honk. Problem is, this is a very dangerous intersection), the driver also basically ran the light. ( I had decided earlier in the day not to make an issue out of this, but, given there have been two significant accidents in this very intersection in the past 48 hours, it appears to me that showing how even an MISD bus driver disregarding the law in this intersection shows the other side of the  problem.)

Two days ago, a car going toward 635 crashed all over the intersection about 7 .m. 

Last year, and over the past four years, there have been multiple accidents of drivers running into the phone poles and AT&T equipment in the southeast corner of the intersection. And the fencing along the road in the curve has been taken down because it kept getting plowed thru.

On at least three occasions this school year after dropping off my daughter at Mesquite High School, I’ve noted drivers going east on Cartwright have also disregarded the flashing red lights on the school bus as it has stopped to pick local kids up for school. They stopped at the complex just west of here, but then one day I saw at least five cars drive right past the bus while its red lights were flashing like crazy.

What is very likely to happen in this intersection, however, is that a resident(s) of Stoneleigh Apartments is/are going to be killed while waiting for the light to change and a vehicle that’s just gotten off Interstate 635 at the Bruton/Cartwright Rd exit flies into them at high speed heading east. 

THE SOLUTION

The timing of stop lights of many of the intersecting roads in Mesquite is ridiculous. If you’re not on a main road, good luck in not sitting at a light for an inordinate amount of time. The ones along Beltline between Galloway/Beltline and Mesquite High School for as long as three minutes.

The scene of a wreck on Cartwright on June 4, 2014.

The scene of a wreck on Cartwright on June 4, 2014.

But what happens either east-to-west, or west-to-east on Cartwright Road is that those coming off 635 headed east, or those going toward 635 from Cartwright and Beltline, often exceed the 40 mph posted speed limit and around the curve right at Stoneleigh they go. Those going east don’t realize the road curves to the northeast and they go flying into the AT&T cable and phone boxes and telephone polls,

Another crazy-assed Mesquite driver took out the AT&T phone box on June 22, 2013. A month and five days, it's not been fixed. Now there's a blue tent over it.

Another crazy-assed Mesquite driver took out the AT&T phone box on June 22, 2013. A month and five days, it’s not been fixed. Now there’s a blue tent over it.

or they come from the east going west and don’t realize the road curves and they go flying into the light poles in the median.

Either way, the city of Mesquite is poised for a good suing when someone finally winds up dead in this intersection. They have had ample time to realize this is a problem and Stoneleigh Apartments has pleaded with the city to do something about the timing of the traffic light in front of the apartments.

1) Strict enforcement needs to happen on Cartwright Road for those going over 40 mph in either direction. 

2) The timing on the light at Stoneleigh needs to be further adjusted so that it is ABSOLUTELY impossible to go from Beltline to Stoneleigh, or from the two lights at 635 to Stoneleigh and make it thru that traffic light without having to stop.  PERIOD.

3) There probably need to be some warning treads placed on Cartwright as one proceeds from west-to-east toward Stoneleigh at the apartment complexes just beforehand to alert drivers that something different is ahead. It’s going to one day become Deadman’s Curve if action isn’t taken. The same thing needs to happen in the curve after one has come across the bridge over the Butterfly Park Trail.

4) The portable “You’re Going This Fast” radar sign has not ever been located in this area of Cartwright Road. I’m not sure it will help, but it’d be one more step to help regular drivers realize there is an issue here. 

5) When school starts up, Mesquite Police need to sit in the Stoneleigh Apartment parking lot a few mornings and wait for those to come by who are too important/busy/or dumb to stop when the bus is there picking up the kids and the red lights are flashing. 

Even with these provisions, there’s still likely to be a problem.  For the 11 years I’ve lived in the Mesquite/Balch Springs area, MPD has been running radar out on 635, operating one of the most active speed enforcement zones in North Texas, and on any given day, you an see them with multiple cars stopped or those who they miss just flying thru.

This is a major issue in the Balch Springs/Mesquite area. Someone, regrettably, is going to lose their life because of a driver going too fast in either direction of Cartwright. Mark it down. I dearly wish the city of Mesquite would take some serious immediate actions before it’s too late.

 

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AT&T Please Fix Your AT&T Stadium on Cartwright Road in Mesquite/Balch Springs

Jul 25, 2013 by

So AT&T is going to drop millions on Jerry World.

Another crazy-assed Mesquite driver took out the AT&T phone box on June 22, 2013. A month and five days, it's not been fixed. Now there's a blue tent over it.

Another crazy-assed Mesquite driver took out the AT&T phone box on June 22, 2013. A month and five days, it’s not been fixed. Now there’s a blue tent over it.

Good for them. (Maybe in their negotiations they could have leveraged Jerry stepping down and NomoRomo getting traded to AAA ball or something for a player to be named later.) I won’t go into my typical Cowboys issues.

No, I just wish that before AT&T spends a lot of money on the dome in Arlington, they’d fix this eyesore at 500 Cartwright Road in Mesquite/Balch Springs, TX that’s been there for more than a month now.

You see, AT&T had the wisdom to put their telephone, cable and DSL box at the intersection of 500 W. Cartwright and too many Mesquite drivers think that Cartwright is something of a race strip. (Thankfully, Mesquite PD has started, well, they had started, running radar thru the area back in June, but it’s been a while now since I’ve seen a car out there.)

I’ve been here for more than three years now and the telephone box in question has been hit at least three times.  One time a car hit the telephone pole at least 15 feet in the air.  I think Bruce Willis must have been driving. There was a fence to the right of the phone box and it’s been taken out so many times by cars veering off the road at high speeds that the owners replaced the fence in April with pine trees….

But on June 22, 2013, the latest no doubt drunken driver exceeding the 40 mph speed limit came flying thru and effectively took out the AT&T box. Somehow, we still have service.  But instead of just putting up a new box, I’m assuming they’re having a new one built, AT&T has let this eyesore of a blue tent, fashioned not too unlike the dome in Arlington, to just sit there.

A month and three days later, it’s still there.

AT&T Please Fix Your AT&T Stadium on Cartwright Road in Mesquite/Balch Springs

It has looked like this for a month now…..

The AT&T Stadium Dome in Mesquite/Balch Springs that's been there for more than a month now.

The AT&T Stadium Dome in Mesquite/Balch Springs that’s been there for more than a month now.

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Free Facebook Cover–Windmill at Sunrise, Balch Springs, TX

Aug 10, 2012 by

We are posting a new daily series of Facebook Cover images that you are welcome to use on your personal wall.

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Today’s image continues to feature a windmill on I-30 in Balch Springs, Texas, that has since been torn down.

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Balch Springs Police Officer Matthew Garcia

Dec 11, 2011 by

I was saddened to hear the news today of the death of area Balch Springs Police Officer Matthew Garcia who died in a motorcycle accident off duty this morning.

Map of Texas highlighting Dallas County

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To make things worse, Officer Garcia’s wife was following behind and has to endure life with the memory of having actually seen what happened to her husband.

Please remember the Garcia family in your thoughts and prayers.

Here’s a link to The Dallas Morning News‘ accounting of the story.

 

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First Book Signing For Author Will Manning

Jun 18, 2011 by

Last night was a milestone event for new author Will Manning, who has recently published his first full-length book, MLGW – A Peace of War.

The event was held at The Weekend Reader Book Shop in Balch Springs, TX. 

Attendance, though light for a June Friday night, was enough to give the author a boost and start a new and exciting phase of being an author:  Promoting a book project.

The discussions in the store were light and fun.  WRBS owner, Flo Lockett Miles posed interesting questions to ask, and here, we capture the first, official book sale with a signature event.   (Pardon the pun.)

More great things are coming from Author Will Manning in the next few months.  He already has two other book projects underway and they are books that already are getting attention–from the federal government.

Manning writes with a stunning level of accuracy and conviction.  It’s that level of accuracy, in part based on tidbits shared by those in similar real-life roles as his characters, that has stirred even more interest in his first book.  Wait until you see what’s coming in books two and three.

If you’d be interested in having a book signing event with Mr. Manning, please feel free to call us at 972-863-8784.

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