Rep. Hinojosa was joined by Karnes County Judge Barbara Shaw and Kenedy City Manager Ford Patton as he flipped the switch turning on the new signal at US Highway 181 and Business Park Boulevard in front of the Kenedy Walmart.
TxDOT officials said that Rep. Hinojosa, who represents Karnes, Bee, Goliad, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio and Jim Wells counties in Congress, has been instrumental in securing funding for transportation improvements.
“The traffic signal safety initiative is a collaborate effort that began this summer with the public identifying high-risk, high-volume intersections and recommending solutions,” TxDOT Corpus Christi District Engineer Lonnie Gregorcyk said. “Working with local, state and federal elected officials, the Texas Department of Transportation is moving aggressively to improve traffic safety and to accommodate the economic growth taking place in the area.”
The signal in Kenedy is the third of six new signals TxDOT is installing in Karnes County. Total cost of the six signal projects is $550,000. New signals at US 181 and FM 1145 in Kenedy and US 181 and FM 1353 in Karnes City became operational on Oct.17.
A new signal at SH 72 and FM 1145 in Kenedy is 99 percent complete and should be operational in early November and the signal at SH 80 at SH 123 in Karnes City should be turned on in mid-November. Work on the sixth new signal at US 181 at FM 99 in Karnes City is about 50 percent complete.
In addition to the traffic signal initiative, the 10-county TxDOT Corpus Christi District has $127 million in construction projects either under way or planned for fiscal year 2012-13, many of which respond to the area’s economic growth and are designed to fulfill TxDOT’s goal of maintaining a safe transportation system.