The intersection of the south loop and League Street, at Arbala Rd. will be receiveing a long anticipated
traffic signal by the mid to later part of July.
Traffic Signal to be Installed at
by: Bobby McDonald
Following a second petition by the Hopkins County Commissioners Court and a number of complaints from the local citizenry, TxDOT has announced that they will be installing a signal light at the dangerous intersection of League Street and the South Loop. Weeks after the South Loop was opened, as an extension of Hwy-11 West, it became apparent to motorists that the intersection presented a hazard. And, following a fatality acccident, involving the sister of Hopkins County Commissioner, Don Patterson, TxDOT was asked to review the intersection for a second time.
The traffic patterns in the area, on the second study revealed enough traffic in the area to warrant a signal. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 11th and will continue to mid to later July, for completion of the work.
"This became apparent immediately, following the opening of the South Loop," exclaimed one local resident. "It's just sad that one lady had to lose her life, before something was done. But, hopefully, this will correct the problem, before the increased traffic in the area is accelerated when the new Sulphur Springs Middle School opens in the fall."
"I drive the south loop, every day, and those that are not familiar with the intersection, just naturally think that it is a four-way stop, and I've seen a number of 'almost' wrecks, at the intersection," added another citizen. "The signal will keep everyone obeying the law and should make the intersection less dangerous!"
Total cost of the project is expected to exceed $70,000.00, and should be finished for sure, by the end of July 2012.