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Take a look at some of the press releases we've written about the overall North Tarrant Express project and the new TEXpress Lanes.
North Richland Hills, Texas – In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15 -19, NTE officials want to remind drivers to pay attention and observe the reduced speed limits while driving through the NTE corridor or any other active road construction zone.
“People need to eliminate distractions and stay alert while driving through work zones, especially when those construction areas change regularly,” said Robert Hinkle, director of corporate affairs for NTE Mobility Partners, the developer of the project. “Excessive speed and distractions of all kinds such as cellphones are the primary causes of crashes in work zones. Put it down, pay attention and save a life.”
Each year in Texas, there are approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 people killed in highway construction and maintenance zones. In 2012, there were 3,962 distracted driver crashes in Texas work zones, involving 8,407 vehicles. Those distracted driver crashes resulted in 46 fatalities.
“We just passed the halfway point in construction, so we are at the height of activity in the corridor,” said Lara Kohl, public relations manager for Bluebonnet Contractors, which is managing the project construction. “We have lanes opening and closing, and traffic shifts occurring on a near-daily basis, so drivers need to exercise extreme caution while they’re driving through these areas. No meeting, text or phone call is so important to risk someone’s life.”
The 13.5-mile corridor reconstruction project began in late 2010 and is on track for completion in 2015.
To learn more about the project please go to http://www.northtarrantexpress.com.
For more details on National Work Zone Awareness Week, go to http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm.