County’s busiest intersection to see improvements
WAXAHACHIE – The Texas Department of Transportation is breaking ground this month on a project to improve the intersection of US 77 at US 287 by adding capacity and designated turn lanes.
Currently, the US 287 frontage roads are two lanes with a U-Turn and no designated turn lanes. Even though there are traffic signals, at peak travel times traffic backs up significantly. On the southbound frontage road at US 77, traffic sometimes stacks up on the southbound US 287 exit ramp.
This project will add two more lanes and a shoulder to both frontage roads. The far left lane will be a left turn only lane and the far right lane will be a right turn only lane. Motorists will be able to go straight or turn from the two center “combo” lanes. An estimated 30,000 vehicles use that intersection on a typical day.
Ellis County Area Engineer Bill Pierce, P.E. said this is the busiest intersection in Ellis County.
“We believe this will help with traffic congestion. There’s a pretty high level of frustration for people who drive through this part of town,” said Pierce.
“We are hopeful that people will be satisfied with the results of this project.”
There will be various nighttime lane closures between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the project and portable message boards will be set to inform the public of upcoming closures. The project is expected to be substantially complete by early 2012.
Lindsey Contractors of Waco is the contractor on the $1.08 million project. This project qualifies for the Federal Safety Program and is funded with 90% Federal participation and 10 percent State participation.
TxDOT would like to thank area drivers for their patience and cooperation as crews work diligently to complete this project as safely and as soon as possible.
For additional transportation information visit the TxDOT Website www.txdot.gov.