|Flashing lights being installed at county intersections|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Ssept. 15, 2005 - Two highway intersections in Hopkins County are receiving flashing beacons, according to Ernest Teague, Texas Department of Transportation area engineer.
State Highway 11 at FM 2560 in Martin Springs and the intersection at FM 71 at SH 19 in Birthright have both been identified as having an increasing number of traffic accidents in recent years and would benefit from the flashing lights, Teague said.
�Concerns have been expressed by residents in both of these communities in recent years,� Teague said today. �We have been monitoring both traffic counts and accident data for some time to determine when these locations might be able to meet the criteria for having beacons. That time has come.�
The beacons at both locations will flash yellow for traffic on the main State Highway, and red for FM traffic.
�This doesn�t change any of the current stop conditions,� said Teague.� �It just provides added visibility and awareness at both locations.�
The cost of the new flashing signal systems will be more than $46,000. Work on the projects should be completed within the next two to three weeks.