A number of traffic crashes, including one fatal accident, have occurred at the intersection since the SH 11 extension was opened two years ago, but early traffic studies did not support fully signalizing the intersection, according to TxDOT officials.
The new Sulphur Springs Middle School will open in August on Wildcat Way.
County Commissioner Don Patterson, whose sister died as a result of one of the first accidents at that intersection, has a special interest in having the intersection controlled by signal lights.
“Traffic is picking up out there and more people are using it all the time,” Patterson said. “With the school out there, this is going to double and triple the amount of traffic.”
With letters of support from the city of Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs Independent School District, State Sen. Bob Deuell, State Rep. Erwin Cain and the commissioners court as well as letters from a number of residents, commissioners again asked TxDoT to study the intersection.
As traffic counts have increased on Wildcat Way, the latest TxDoT study indicated a fully signalized intersection was necessary, and engineering work began.
A TxDoT spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that a contractor is preparing to install a new signal at the dangerous intersection, and he also said the signal work in this area is expected to improve safety at this intersection.
Plans for the $70,725 project call for the work to begin Monday, June 11, with an expected completion date of July 20.
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