Can't Drive 55: Portion of South Broadway to see speed limit reduction

Published on Thursday, 3 April 2014 23:39 - Written by Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Motorists will see a speed limit reduction on South Broadway Avenue between Toll 49 and Cumberland Road while construction takes place.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Larry Krantz said the speed limit will change from 55 to 45 miles per hour during construction, and a work zone should be established on Monday.

He said barricades will be placed in that corridor of South Broadway Avenue, and work will begin after that.

The idea of the project is to take out the “hump” that occurs in the northbound lanes of South Broadway Avenue, near Gander Mountain, Krantz said. A private contractor will complete the roadwork.

Two additional traffic signals — for Centennial Parkway and Market Square — also will be put in along that portion of the South Broadway Avenue corridor, and there ultimately will be left turn lanes for southbound traffic, Krantz said.

The project is expected to be complete in August, and is being funded by the developer of the 80-acre retail center, Village at Cumberland.

The Tyler Traffic Safety Board on Thursday recommended that the city council formally approve changing the speed limit during construction. The issue will go before the city council at a later time.

The safety board also gave the go-ahead Thursday for a future traffic study at the intersection of South Broadway Avenue and Marsh Farm Road, just south of Toll 49.