Rumble strips, increase in signs aim to improve safety around highway construction

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:03pm

An increase in accidents along well-traveled I-35 has transportation officials looking at better ways to prevent crashes from occurring.

"One accident is way too many. And, when we have a fatality, that's unacceptable," said TXDoT Spokesman, Ken Roberts.

With accidents on the rise, along about 110 miles of highway construction on I-35, TXDoT officials are working on better methods of prevention. Currently, they're working on laying down rumble strips, putting up more flashing warning signs, and lowering the speed limit in construction zones.

"The idea is to slow folks down. Slow people down in our work zones so that we can eliminate or at least reduce some of the crashes some of the problems that we've seen over the last few months," said Roberts.

In 2011, there were nearly 15-thousand crashes in road construction zones, with 116 of those accidents resulting in fatalities. By using rumble strips, which a driver can feel under the car when they're rolled over, and more signs, TXDoT hopes to get drivers' attention more quickly and effectively.

"On the interstate, the intent is to get people's attention so they can focus on their driving," said Roberts.

Currently, there are about 20 active work zones along I-35. The construction is intended to provide more safety to the traveling public.

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