Texas Department of Transportation announced Monday morning that an installation of a new traffic signal would begin this week at the intersection of US 377 and Christy Plaza, between Chicken Express and Cotton Patch.

Many residents have experienced the hassle of traffic congestion on Washington Street near Chicken Express as they attempt to enter or exit Christy Plaza, especially around mealtime.

“The signal was requested by local partners and met established criteria. Working together with the city of Stephenville, this will improve mobility and enhance safety throughout the corridor,” said TxDOT Public Information Officer Bethany Kurtz.

When TxDOT receives a request for a new traffic signal on the state highway system, the local district office conducts an engineering and traffic study of the proposed location.

Traffic engineers determine if a signal is the proper way to control traffic by carefully evaluating the number of vehicles and pedestrians that use the intersection, according to txdot.gov. They also consider the layout of the intersection, development in the area, delays experienced by motorists during peak hours, average vehicle speeds, future road construction plans and the number and types of traffic crashes recorded.

Examples of information used by traffic engineers to evaluate traffic signal requests include:

• amount of traffic on major and minor streets

• pedestrian activity

• number of school children crossing the site

• crash history of the site

• delay to existing traffic flow

• speed of traffic approaching intersection

• size of the community

The traffic signal is estimated for completion this spring, weather permitting.

During construction, lane closures will be scheduled as needed. TxDOT encourages attention to all warning signs while crews work diligently to complete this work as quickly and as safely as possible.