Ballenger is a relatively quick street with a speed limit of 40mph. It has many issues that make it hazardous including blind crests and turns, lots of traffic turning on and off the road, a very narrow width, steep dropoffs on the sides, limited lighting, and constant foot traffic. There are parks and crowded neighborhoods packed on both sides of the street, but limited connecting roads, so pedestrians and bicyclists are often stuck having to walk in a muddy ditch or risk being hit by traffic. To add to this, it's difficult to turn out onto the street at several points where the vegetation blocks the view of oncoming traffic. Many of these issues can be resolved by adding shoulders to the side of the road. It would give the children that are always walking on the street somewhere safer to stand, make the bus stops more accessible, and provide better access to the existing resources and stores in the area, including the nice stretch of sidewalk along Mexico Gravel that is currently inaccessible to residents off Ballenger.

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