Intersection lights at Hwy 281 and Hwy 8 will begin flashing in the next two weeks, according to Marc McEndree of TxDot.

Within the last year, two men were killed in separate accidents at this intersection, prompting TxDot to consider installing the lights.

“The lights will be in flash mode for a few days for testing, McEndree said. “Any adjustments needed will be made before they are transferred to full operation.

The cost of the intersection project was $84,300.

“The normal cost would have been $100,000, McEndree said, “but because luminaries were already installed, the cost was less.

Meanwhile, TxDot has attached caution flags to the South Loop's truck route signs.

“The City Council thought it might prevent truckers from turning east on Graham Street and get tied up in the bridge construction traffic, McEndree said.

The truck routes are enforced by local officials and the flags will highlight routes for safer travel, he said.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext 229.