Traffic signals on SH 19 getting the green light
By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor
Aug 26, 2007 - Traffic lights on the newly improved section of State Highway 19 on the east side of the city should be fully operational by the end of September, and more lanes should be open on the road by the end of the day Monday.
Ernest Teague, area engineer at the Texas Department of Transportation office in Sulphur Springs, said traffic signal crews Monday will turn on the new signal lights installed at the intersections where Main Street and Houston Street cross State Highway 19.
"Bags will be removed from the signal heads and they will be turned on flash mode for a 30-day test period," Teague wrote in an e-mail Friday. "After that, they will be set to their fully operational mode."
�The highway has been under construction for about two years to widen and make it safer for traffic. When completed, the project will widen the two-lane highway to a five-lane section with a center turn lane between Interstate 30 and Airport Road (FM 2285).
"The contractor had initially wanted to switch traffic into the new 5-lane pattern prior to school opening this year, but too many last minute details prevented that from happening," Teague wrote "Coordination with railroad crews, pavement stripers, and other subcontractors has brought about a flurry of activity over the last few days, but the contractor is now projecting that it will be sometime during the day on Monday before everything is fully opened up to traffic."
Teague also indicated some of the new striping at the crossing roads, i.e., Main, Houston and Airport, likely won't be completed on Monday.
"Hopefully, after just a few more days, there will be plenty of maneuvering room for everyone on this busy thoroughfare," Teague added.