The new stop lights are the first ever to be installed in McMullen County.
The $131,371 upgrade includes mast arm-mounted signals controlled by radar that will regulate traffic flow – including traffic in the left-turn lanes.
Pedestrian signals have been built to help safe crossing of the roadway. TxDOT will maintain the signal.
“These new traffic signals will greatly enhance the safety of this downtown area,” TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said. “This intersection is the hub of activity in Tilden, and we want to ensure everyone traveling here – by vehicle or on foot – can do so safely and comfortably. We think this intersection will do just that.”
According to Texas Department of Transportation statistics, the intersection at state Highway 72 and state Highway 16 has had five crashes since 2008.
Of those, one happened in August 2008 resulting in incapacitating injuries to the victims.
One each occurred in June 2011 and Sept. 2012, resulting in possible injuries to those involved.
And one each happened in June 2012 and July 2012, resulting in non-injuries.
The signals were activated Thursday, Jan. 24, after a week of the change being posted at the intersection itself.
In October, the intersection of state Highway 16 and state Highway 72 West – located a little more than a half-mile north of the downtown Tilden intersection – was also upgraded to a full signal. That upgrade cost $113,949.