Dangerous intersection to get stoplight safety makeover - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/6/10

Dangerous intersection to get stoplight safety makeover

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A dangerous intersection, Highway 87 at Woodrow Road, will get stop lights after several complaints and many accidents. 

"Drivers fail to see or gauge the speed of oncoming traffic and they think it's safe to cross over the southbound lanes of 87 and the northbound lanes of 87 and an accident occurs," said Lubbock-Cooper Police director Rick Saldana.

Saldana has been at Cooper for 12 years and has seen numerous accidents at the intersection right in front of the school. "Too many to count, I would say that it's one of the most notorious for traffic collisions," said Saldana.

Since Cooper's enrollment has gone up, traffic at the intersection has increased. The only safety measures currently in place are stop signs on Woodrow Road before drivers cross into the north and southbound lanes of the Tahoka Highway and two yellow warning signs that tell people of the oncoming intersection.

For the past five years, County Commissioner Bill McCay and the Cooper school district has been fighting to make Woodrow Road safer. The latest improvement was widening Woodrow by about 8inches. But with the road still causing problems, TXDOT has agreed to put in traffic signals as part of a safety project.

"We'd like to have an overpass but whatever measure regarding safety  that TXDOT has in place we support fully anything we put out there is going to help out it will be a great benefit," said Saldana.

The stop lights will be tied to traffic sensors so that when 87 is busy drivers will get longer green lights going north & south.  Likewise, when Woodrow Road is busy, drivers going east & west will get the longer green lights. 

It's part of a multimillion safety project and officials McCay said the new lights will be similar to those at the intersection of Highway 84 at County Road 1540 in Shallowater.  Right now TXDOT has not set a date to begin construction.

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