The intersection of SH 72 and SH 239 east of Kenedy became an All-Way Stop on June 13.
Message boards were set up on June 8 to give drivers advance notice of the change. TxDOT is also installing transverse rumble strips approaching the intersection and, to make drivers aware of the approaching All-Way Stop, flashers on new Stop Ahead and Stop signs.
TxDOT also announced plans to install traffic signals at six high-volume intersections in the very near future.
Three of the intersections are in Karnes City – at US 181 at FM 99, at US 181 and FM 1353 and at Badger Street/SH 123 at SH 80 north of Karnes City High School.
Three of the intersections are in Kenedy – at US 181 at FM 1145, at SH 72 at FM 1145, and at US 181 at Business Park Boulevard in front of the Walmart supercenter. The plans also include installation of advance warning signs, rumble strips and intersection illumination.
“In order to safeguard the public and expedite the installation of these signs and traffic signals, TxDOT is using the approach of utilizing our in-house forces and contracts to expedite and have solutions in place in 30 to 45 days.” said Lonnie Gregorcyk, P.E., Interim District Engineer for the TxDOT Corpus Christi District.
Gregorcyk said regulating traffic and providing safe turns is critical to the efficient movement of people, goods and services in Karnes County.
“The community asked for TxDOT’s help to improve traffic safety due to the increases in traffic and changes in traffic patterns,” Gregorcyk said. “TxDOT appreciates the input and active involvement of the leaders of Karnes County.”
Once installed, TxDOT will monitor the signal timing and traffic patterns and make adjustments, as necessary, for the efficient flow of traffic and to maximize the safety of the traveling public.