FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS
This just in from Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Cross:
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Construction crews will begin this week setting up barriers at the intersection of Interstate 35 and State Highway 80/Hopkins Street in San Marcos for construction improvements that will further ease traffic congestion and flow through the interchange.
TxDOT and its contractors will begin work that will expand the west bound SH 80 to southbound I-35 exchange from one lane to two lanes.
The interchange currently operates as “Continuous Flow Intersection.” A CFI is an innovative design that allows vehicles to travel more efficiently through an intersection. It enhances safety and increases traffic flow through intersections by allowing left-turning traffic and thru-traffic to move simultaneously.
Traditional intersections have left-turning traffic placed in the middle of the road, so thru-traffic must wait for those vehicles to turn. A CFI shifts left-turning traffic to the outer edges of the road, which allows thru-traffic to move through the middle of an intersection and keeps left-turning traffic moving simultaneously along the outer edges of the intersection.
The work slated to begin this week will continue through August, weather permitting.
Motorists may experience minimal disruption to traffic flow.
Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:
- Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
- Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
- Be patient. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
- Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.
- Fines for moving violations in work zones can be as high as $400 if workers are present.