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Bryan Fritchie
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Username: Hogcall

Post Number: 33
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 06:32 pm:   

Today the 3rd lane on east bound Eldorado was opened up. As Eldorado approaches Preston, the lanes go down to one lane. It has been bad there for awhile (since the 2nd lane at the light was turned into a turn lane only), and today it was even worse (my guess would be because of 3 lanes of traffic merging into 1).

Sometimes that 1st lane backs up even through the light. It is my understanding that the 3rd and 2nd lanes of traffic are valid and legal lanes of traffic until the road ends, correct? Especially in the times where it backs way up, people are going to get in the left lanes to get through the light, and then traffic should merge when the lanes end.

However, daily I see people driving down the middle of the road trying to keep cars from passing in those lanes. And they act down right "violent" if you drive in those lanes of traffic. Isn't it illegal to drive down two lanes of traffic like that?!?

Adam Henderson, Sergeant
Username: Adam

Post Number: 27
Registered: 09-2009
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 01:12 pm:   

In regard to motorists driving in more than one traffic lane in order to block other traffic, this is a violation of the Texas traffic laws. Motorists are only allowed to drive in a single lane unless changing lanes.

Adam J. Henderson, Sergeant
Public Information Officer

Joel Fitts, Senior Traffic Engineer
Username: Joel_fitts

Post Number: 99
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2010 - 12:01 am:   


We are monitoring the intersection of Preston & Eldorado on a very frequent basis and we have made numerous timing adjustments at this intersection. We have tried to give the eastbound direction more time in the PM peak, but that time then has to be taken away from Preston Road. During the PM peak, the northbound approach on Preston is over capacity as it is now and even a slight change will back up the northbound traffic on Preston past Main Street. We will continue to monitor and adjust the signal timings at this intersection on a daily basis until the widening of the intersection is complete (which is part of the overall Preston Road widening project).

Sean Merrell
Senior Traffic Engineer

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