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Traffic Switched Planned for SH 294 at US 79 Intersection
Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: March 13, 2017

PALESTINE – Change is ahead for SH 294 traffic in Palestine as the contractor prepares to realign the intersection at US 79. A temporary detour is in place and a traffic shift is being planned for Friday, March 17.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), once SH 294 traffic moves to the temporary detour, the contractor will demolish the existing intersection and reconfigure it to create a standard “T” intersection with US 79. The detour is located immediately south of the railroad crossing requiring southbound SH 294 traffic to make a sharp right turn. The roadway speed limit on SH 294 will be reduced from 60 mph to 15 mph as traffic approaches the detour.

To assist traffic in navigating the changes, the contractor has installed message boards and signage in advance of the detour to inform motorists of the new temporary traffic pattern. Traffic will remain on the detour for about two months, weather permitting, as the permanent intersection alignment is completed. In addition to the changes to SH 294, there will also be temporary changes to the configuration and striping of US 79 so that it aligns with the detour.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention to the traffic control devices in place to help them safely through the work zone.

Once completed, the new intersection will tie into US 79 at the existing location. It will also improve safety and mobility through the following enhancements:

  • A dedicated deceleration lane for northbound US 79 traffic to turn right onto SH 294
  • A dedicated turning lane and acceleration lane for traffic turning right from SH 294 to northbound US 79
  • Improved sight distance for traffic turning left from SH 294 onto southbound US 79 by aligning the intersections of the roads at a 90-degree angle
  • A much wider and larger dedicated turning radius for trucks turning right onto northbound US 79

Motorists are advised to proceed cautioniously through this work zone being mindful that the detour necessitates reducing speeds to 15 mph. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.


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