When stop signs were added to a busy intersection in far north Fort Worth on Wednesday, it created a huge delay for commuters headed home from work.
“It took me about 45 minutes to get through,” said Jerod Butler, who lives nearby.
The signs were added on Bonds Ranch Road where it passes under U.S. 287. There had already been stop signs for the access roads but not for Bonds Ranch.
When the new stop signs made it a four-way stop, frustrated drivers sat through an extra-long commute.
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“We thought it was going to be permanent and we were all freaking out,” Butler said of his neighbors.
Luckily for commuters, the new stop signs were removed the next day.
“They impacted traffic more than we thought it would,” said Val Lopez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Fort Worth district.
The agency wants to add a permanent traffic light at the intersection, Lopez said, because the “volume of traffic is significant enough to warrant” it, and the stop signs were intended to be a temporary placeholder for the signal.
Lopez said the department is planning to install temporary signals at the intersection within a few weeks and to install a full set of signals and widen the intersection before the end of the year as a “responsible way to improve safety and congestion relief.”
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808