By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –One of Lubbock County's most dangerous intersections is about to become safer through a federal Hazard and Safety grant. Construction to put up traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. Highway 87 and Woodrow Road will begin next week.
Texas Department of Transportation submitted an application to the state to make improvements at this intersection because of the high volume of accidents. TXDOT was then granted a little more than half a million dollars to replace the stop signs at Woodrow with traffic signals going north and southbound on 87 and east and westbound on Woodrow. Turn lanes will also be added.
"There has been a history of crashes at this intersection given that there is a high school and it's a growing school district, and you have a lot of young drivers," said Dianah Ascencio, Lubbock TXDOT representative. "Hopefully these safety improvements will eliminate the number and severity of the traffic crashes that we've seen in the past."
As construction starts, be prepared for occasional lane closures on Hwy 87. TXDOT says there won't be any major detours except for one minor closure. "A section of Woodrow road between Loop 493 and U.S. 87 will be closed off and traffic will be detoured around that area for about three weeks," said Ascencio.
The signals will also have monitoring devices to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly. "This system actually detects vehicles and it changes the lights according to how much traffic flows on whether it's 87 or Woodrow road," said Ascencio.
The speed limit will drop down to 60mph during construction. TXDOT expects the lights to be up and running by February.
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