The Commerce Journal

November 25, 2012

Lack of traffic results in lights coming down in two intersections

Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Texas Department of Transportation installed two 4-way stop signs in Commerce on Nov. 15. TxDot sent a press release on Friday explaining why the lights are being replaced with the stop signs:

Traffic signals located at the intersections of Monroe/Live Oak and Park Street/Main Street will remain on red flashing until removal. Traffic signal studies conducted at the locations did not meet warrants for the signals to remain. The signals are on all red flashing for 90 days while 4-way stop signs are installed. Once the stop signs are in place and the 90 days has expired the signals will be removed. The city of Commerce has been made aware of the changes in the two locations.

Kerry Crews, chief of police for Commerce, said he had hoped the lights would have been able to stay but knows that it will save TxDoT money.

“We had talked them into keeping those two in 2009,” he said. “But the light system needs to be replaced with led lights, which cost TxDoT a lot of money for each set.”