Flashing lights being installed at county intersections 
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

James Statler (not pictured) with L & J Services drilled the hole where (left to right) Thomas and David Ragsdale with R&T Maintenance and Brett Bennett and David Taylor with the Texas Department of Transportation install a new flashing beacon Thursday at the intersection of State Highway 11 and County Road 2560. 
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

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.

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