What is being described by engineers as a significant milestone in the project to reconfigure the so-called “Traffic T” intersection in Brownwood arrives Monday and Tuesday. But motorists who travel through the intersection at Commerce, Main and Clements may have other words to describe it.
So, officials with the Brownwood district office of the Texas Department of Transportation are urging motorists to find alternate routes if at all possible on Monday and Tuesday. If they can’t, then they should expect major delays because most lanes feeding the intersection will be closed until Wednesday. Work on the signal light bridge over the intersection is expected to be completed late Tuesday.
“On Monday, some lanes will be closed and traffic will be delayed as we prepare for Tuesday,” TxDOT spokesperson Sandra Parker said Friday. “Sign board are up suggesting that motorists find an alternate route.”
Parker said a large crane will be parked on Clements Street to install the 150-foot long signal bridge that will cross the intersection diagonally and hold traffic signals.
“The information I received indicates that there are three sections to the bridge, and two will be connected to each other and set, then the third section will then be set and attached.”
The intersection is considered the busiest traffic area in the county, and U.S. Highways 67, 84 and 377 converge there.
Clements Street and Commerce between Blockbuster and CVS Pharmacy will be closed on both Monday and Tuesday, Parker said.
Beginning Tuesday morning, all traffic on Commerce and U.S. 377 at the “Traffic T” will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Accompanying maps provided by TxDOT illustrate those plans.
Safety concerns require that most lanes be closed during the two days, she said.
“Monday and Tuesday are very critical days for the construction project and a milestone in its completion,” Parker said. “We want to stress the importance of limiting the amount of traffic in the area for the safety of workers in the construction zone as well as the safety of the traveling public.”