Driving through the Y in Oak Hill during rush hour is usually a nightmare, but the Texas Department of Transportation has a temporary fix while it works on an environmentally safe solution.
TxDOT is starting second phase of the U.S. Highway 290 improvement project, which includes a left-turn lane along 290's eastbound lanes. The new lane will create a continuous flow intersection, enabling drivers to make the turn onto Highway 71 before hitting the Y's main intersection.
"Whenever you wait at a red light there's a lot of traffic that stacks up behind you,” Kelli Reyna with TxDOT said. “Now moving that turn movement over to the far left-hand lane, you're going to improve the flow through here."
Drivers will feel relief from the $6.5 million project beginning in spring 2015. Though TxDOT says the solution is only short-term due to the fact that more cars and people are always coming into the area, the project is expected to have a big impact on traffic.
“We know that these continuous flow intersections will improve congestion by 30 to 50 percent, and so it’s a huge improvement,” Reyna said.
A long-term plan for the Oak Hill area is still in the works. The Oak Hill Parkway is in the environmental study phase, and your input is wanted. You can tell TxDOT what you think on Oct. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Covington Middle School.
For more information, head to OakHillParkway.com.