Leaving your house at the crack of dawn. Pushing the speed limit to the max just to beat the morning rush hour traffic. Loud hammering, detour routes and narrow lanes. No matter where you live, there will be traffic. In Dallas, Miami, Seattle, anywhere. But, with each passing day, Fort Worth is gaining a reputation for their traffic. Why is traffic becoming such a monster in this area? Construction!
Missing first period or being late to work is just the beginning of the insanity. Car accidents are more common than you might think, and the number of deaths due to vehicle accidents has increased steadily since 2002. Many construction workers are injured and die each year because of these conditions. From 2003 to 2014, 1,435 construction workers have been killed, and per year there are about 115 workers killed due to their high-risk profession.
About 750 people lose their lives due to construction zone negligence every year. Texas was even named the No. 1 state with the most worker deaths on construction sites, followed by Florida. Seventy-four percent of worker deaths were caused by a vehicle hitting the worker.
Construction is necessary, and needed, to ensure better traffic flow and access – it is also an indicator of growth, which means our city is thriving. While the traffic and congestion could bring anyone’s mood down, keep your chin up because there are ends in sight! Here are a few updates on the most well-known road construction in the area:
- The estimated completion for I-35W intersection of 820 is thought to be finished at some point in the end of 2017
- Benbrook’s Hwy 377 construction is thought to be done by the beginning of 2018
- The Dallas, District 5 construction on I-20 should also be done by the beginning of 2018