Spray painted lanes pop up in busy Oak Cliff intersection

- Just a few blocks from the fast-growing Bishop Arts district, someone took it upon themselves to solve a traffic issue at a busy intersection.

Residents there discovered spray painted arrows and lines offering a new traffic pattern, but that was soon covered up by the city of Dallas.

Neighbors and business owners say the problem is traffic at the five-way intersection coming from Kings Highway toward Tyler and Seventh.

There is a stop sign, but people cannot see traffic coming from behind a building until they are out into the intersection. Now, it looks like someone took 'finding a solution' into their own hands.

From Sky4, you can see drivers peeking out before being able to see oncoming traffic. But it doesn't always go that smoothly.

Ryan Behring lives nearby. He says he hears a crash every couple weeks.

“You can hear the wrecks, right,” he said. “It’s a loud pop, so you're like, ‘Oh, it’s another one.’”

Behring says crudely, spray painted lanes and arrows caught his attention on Monday. It appeared to offer a safer way for drivers to navigate the intersection.

“We were just going out for a walk and noticed it and thought, ‘Well, that's a good solution you know, if led by the city and done in a proper way.’”

City of Dallas crews quickly covered the arrows up. A spokesperson said the spray painting was done by a "person or persons unknown".

While rushed and unofficial, Behring wonders if official striping or a median might help.

“Maybe there is a better way to go about it,” he said. “But striping is a low-cost option.”

Business owners and residents are gearing up for major changes along Tyler Street. Part of a plan that has already been approved by city council is to convert it to a two-way road. It's unclear how exactly that might change the intersection.

The project is currently in the design phase. Until then, Rodney Starkey, the owner of an auto service center next to the interchange, believes more accidents are likely. He says drivers just need to pay more attention.

“I think the people just need to be aware of where they are at and what’s going on,” Starkey said.

Behring believes the spraypaint likely showed up sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Nearby businesses says there was another accident Tuesday morning.

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