GRAPEVINE -- Police have a message for motorists on Texas 114/121, where a $1 billion road project called the DFW Connector is under way.
Speed at your own peril.
The speed limit was lowered to 50 mph April 1 to improve safety as work crews temporarily moved freeway lanes to make room for the enormous work zone.
The problem is, most motorists are ignoring the speed limit -- so Grapevine police are about to swarm the area with speed detectors ready to write tickets.
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"We haven't gotten the voluntary compliance we desired," Grapevine police spokesman Todd Dearing said. "We feel like it's an issue, so we're going to increase enforcement."
The heavy police presence will likely be most noticeable beginning this morning, Dearing said. The stepped-up traffic detail was scheduled to begin Monday, but heavy rain forced a delay.
For those who would accuse the Grapevine blue of trying to fatten city coffers with fines, Dearing said he wants the public to know it would be fine with him if not a single ticket were written.
"We just want people to drive the speed limit," he said. "That's why we're getting the word out ahead of time."
The DFW Connector project, which includes the reconstruction of the Texas 114/121 main lanes, the addition of frontage roads, managed toll lanes and several new multilevel bridges near the north entrance to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, is scheduled to be completed in 2014.