First Four-Way Traffic Signal Installed in Lucas
Craig Zale, owner of Craig’s Car Care (1005 W. Lucas Rd.) in Lucas, was very happy to see the first ever four-way (four-legged) traffic signal installed in Lucas at the intersection of Country Club Rd. and Lucas Rd. Zale explained why this was a need, “Several years ago, the intersection was upgraded and additional turn lanes and guard rails were added. While this was a great improvement for traffic flowing through the intersection of W. Lucas and Country Club Rd., with the addition of turn lanes, it also made it very hard to see oncoming traffic when leaving both driveways that were located just feet east and west of the intersection. Also, when turning into both driveways, traffic for westbound Lucas Rd. had no turn lanes and thus traffic coming from behind would see the green light, but there could be a vehicle waiting to turn left with no protection. Several minor accidents did occur due to limited site distances.”
Stanton Foerster, City of Lucas Engineer explained how this project served multiple purposes, “The traffic signal was being upgraded by the Texas Department of Transportation, and TxDOT was willing to pay for the fourth leg (the new driveway to 995 and 1005 W. Lucas Rd.) in an effort to remove the commercial driveways to 995 and 1005 W. Lucas Rd., which were too near the Country Club Rd./W. Lucas Rd. intersection. The driveway to 995 was immediately east of Country Club and for 1005 was immediately west of Country Club on the south side of W. Lucas Rd. Access to existing and future commercial development at 995 and 1005 W. Lucas Road would not be possible if the two driveways remained in place. Southbound traffic was driving diagonally through the intersection to access the two properties and diagonally to exit the two properties. Basically, the addition of the fourth leg to the existing T-intersection was a safety improvement. Along with the safety improvements, the drainage along the south side of W. Lucas Rd. was not working efficiently. This was also an important part of the intersection project.”
Foerster compared this intersection to other intersections in Lucas, “This is the first four-way (four-legged) traffic signal in Lucas. Parker Rd./Southview Dr. is only half in Lucas. W. Lucas Rd./Angel Pkwy. and Estates Pkwy. /Angel Pkwy. are not in Lucas. All the other traffic signals in Lucas are only three-way T-intersections.”
Zale reports that this intersection is now much safer to travel, “It is now 100% safer with the safety of the completed four-way intersection and the control of a four-way traffic signal. So many times before, clients, employees and neighbors were nearly broadsided or rear ended and at times were involved in a crash (thankfully minor), that we knew at some point, with a 50 mph posted speed limit, it would lead to a very bad outcome if not corrected.”
Through this process, Zale was surprised at how much is involved in a project such as this. He said, “The city was instrumental in its research and development and correctly coordinating all the different agencies involved to make this such a successful project. I would have never imagined just how much is involved to plan, discuss and execute this type of an endeavor.”
“Extraordinary coordination and cooperation were needed among TxDOT, NTMWD, private property owners, utility companies, etc. to make this project a success,” said Foerster.
Foerster classifies this intersection project as a safety and drainage improvement. Details of additional street projects within Lucas can be found at https://www.lucastexas.us/neighborhood-connector-street-projects/.