Concrete medians on Loop in Tyler decreasing number of accidents
POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:42pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 1:30pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — The medians along Loop 323 in Tyler have been criticized since they were first built years ago.
One local shared, "I think they're great, they need to have them there". Another mentioned, "I do think they're a little bit annoying, but I think it makes the traffic flow a little bit easier". While yet another said, "It's busy, there's traffic, people don't know how to drive in Tyler".
However, regardless of the criticism, the Tyler Police Department released statistics proving the medians have reduced the number of accidents by 16.7 percent. KETK spoke with Don Martin from the Tyler Police Department, who said, "It's forcing drivers to drive safer".
5 years before the medians were built, there were 4,947 wrecks on the Loop. Now, five years later, that number has dropped to 4,121. Peter Eng, the Traffic Engineer from the City of Tyler, said, "We have a lot of driveways on the loop, the speed is fairly high, and there are multiple lanes. People were cutting across traffic from the median to various driveways".
The biggest decrease in accidents is on the West Loop by Highway 155, right outside of Sam's. Martin said, "Forcing a driver to go down to the intersection making a U-turn at an intersection, it's proven that it's much safer". Throughout this area, the number of wrecks decreased from 697 to 428.
However, there is one spot where the number of car wrecks have actually increased by 10.96 percent. This is from Copeland to Highway 155. Martin said this is because, "A lot of other accidents are caused from people following too close, so they're rear end collisions". Overall, these numbers show the medians have made a positive impact on the city.