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Texas DOT adds highway shoulders, width to reduce crashes

GasBuddy Blog -- Often it's where the rubber meets the road that makes all the difference. In Texas, highways are safer now thanks to hundreds of projects completed in recent years to add shoulders and width to more than 1,000 miles of rural, two-lane highways.

An analysis of 189 Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT) road projects around the state shows that wider pavements make highways safer and result in fewer crashes.

Texas Transportation Institute analyzed three years of pre- and post-improvement data on more than 1,000 miles of narrow two-lane highways that had been widened. And the results show that on 1,159 miles of recently added highway shoulders, there were 133 fewer fatalities and 895 fewer injuries compared to prior to the...


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1COR1533
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2012 8:33:37 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 8:05:35 PM

Maybe the Federal Interstate system should look into this highway modification for the entire country.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 12:32:18 PM

I miss living in Texas - except for the wicked heat and humidity in the summer (Houston).
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:37:00 AM

Good, money well spent
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:11:31 AM

two lanes esp. in Texas invite speeding. Hopefully it gives a little more room to make errors so there are less deaths.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 8:28:41 AM

Great for bicycles too!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 5:26:57 PM

maybe it will but nah
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Extra girth is usually good
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 1:05:15 PM

This is a good thing, because when you meet someone on those narrow roads, you are close to the ditch.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 10:46:48 AM

More room to drive 90 down there.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 10:06:52 AM

Hopefully this does not take resources away from other projects...
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:46:38 AM

old news
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:41:23 AM

great shoulders
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old like my ______.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:39:00 AM

I remember driving some of those narrow roads when I was on active duty and based in Texas.
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Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:36:58 AM

old news
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ok
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OK
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:36:11 AM

Do Texans still get to pass at speeds on the right?
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:36:08 AM


Fortunately, Texas hasn't crippled its economy, as has many blue states.
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Better infrastructure means a better life.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:36:01 AM

Not surprising. Can you say DUH!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:33:36 AM

this is old news, time to move on
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:31:16 AM

Good!
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Old news
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Interesting
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please see yesterday's reply
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:28:06 AM

Good job
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I am moving to Texas.
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Submitted Yesterday
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:26:50 AM

Should help.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:25:37 AM

Should add to safety.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:25:29 AM

the same old 'news'
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old news
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yesterdays news!
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'bout time!
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old news
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ok.
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Big state, big roads!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:22:53 AM

Thats not actually that many highway miles when you think about it, so surprised it had that much effect.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:22:45 AM

Go Texas...
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:22:12 AM

Yesterday's article. Still good, though.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:22:00 AM

I'm sure this has been recognized for years by the highway engineers. It comes down to money, how much to maintain and there is not enough extra realestate to keep the extra space or shoulder on the roads everywhere.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:21:59 AM


All states should be looking at this.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:21:54 AM

Hope they add wake-up strips too
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:21:50 AM

rerun
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:21:23 AM

For breakdowns a wide shoulder is safer than being half off the road!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:21:16 AM

I agree with much of what everyone says.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:21:03 AM

They need to do more of that here.
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