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Safety Features Being Added To Highways

Sixteen highways in Northeast Texas on schedule for new features

ATLANTA – Safety features in the form of flashing chevrons and texturized centerlines and shoulders will be added to five area highways during coming months, according to plans approved in December by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“We are looking at installing LED flashing chevrons on some curves texturized pavement methods to centerline areas to help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes,” said Rebecca Wells, Director of Traffic Operations for TxDOT in Atlanta. “The flashing chevrons bring extra attention to the curve ahead, and texturized pavement methods make noise when vehicle tires run over them, alerting drivers that they are getting out of their traffic lane.”

The flashing chevrons will be added to curves on SH 11 in Camp County from the Wood County Line to 2.5 miles east, on FM 997 in Morris County from FM 144 to 3.8 miles south, on FM 852 in Upshur County between FM 1002 and SH 154, and on FM 127 in Titus County between FM 21 and US 271. The textured centerline and edge line markings will be added to FM 127 in Titus County between FM 21 and US 271 and to US 80 in Upshur County from 0.5 miles east of SH 155 to FM 2685.

Stripe-A-Zone of Grand Prairie was awarded the contract for the construction on these projects with a bid of $840,487.

Work on the projects should begin in April of next year and take about five months to complete, Wells said.