Traffic Signals Coming to Dangerous Intersection in Brenham

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

BRENHAM An intersection in Brenham has been the scene of several deadly accidents over the years. Now, the Texas Department of Transportation is doing something about it.

New traffic signals are being installed at the intersection of Highway 36 and FM 577, or Blue Bell Road.

"There have been a lot of crashes out there and we believe this new traffic signal will improve that intersection," said Bob Colwell, with TxDOT in Bryan.

The Texas Department of Transportation starting working on the project with Brenham city officials in January. Construction crews started installing traffic lights in May - almost one year after a fiery crash that left a 31-year-old man dead.

Highway 36 at FM 577 was closed for hours after the wreck, which witnesses say happens far too often at that intersection.

"I had a friend die here last year, it's a very troublesome right here. A lot of accidents," said Linda Zientek, a witness of the accident.

Transportation officials say they hope the number of crashes drops once the new signals are turned on.

"Safety is TxDOT's top priority, and if there's anything we can do to improve our roadways then that's what we're going to do," said Colwell.

TxDOT says the traffic signals cost $112,000. They will be the newest version of signals that include yellow flashing turn arrows indicating drivers should yield to oncoming traffic.

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