Anna police making changes in deadly U.S. 75 construction zone

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ANNA, Tex. (KXII) - A stretch of roadway in Anna and Melissa has claimed three lives since construction began on U.S. 75.

"It seems like its been under construction forever."

Local drivers like Mark Horton said they dread driving on U.S. 75 thanks to the 4.5 mile construction trap.

"I've made a habit going up Preston Road whenever I can just to avoid the construction," Horton said.

But that zone isn't the only bad spot in Texas. Statewide, there can be 2500 active construction zones at a time, which is why TxDOT is recognizing the awareness week.

"It encourages people to slow down in the construction zones," said Sgt. Chad Butler with the Anna Police Department. "It's very evident when you get here to Anna you're in a construction zone."

Three people died in accidents since construction began. Just last week, a Sherman woman survived after she and her four-month-old son were pinned into the construction barriers and forced under a semi that fled the scene in Melissa.

"The problem is, you've got the barriers on both sides, so there's nowhere for people to go," Horton explained. "You're just stuck there."

To cut down on the number of accidents, police added rumble strips, reduced the speed from 65 to 55 miles per hour, and have extra officers patrolling the area.

"By lowering the speed limit we've tapered off on having accidents," Butler said.

The construction is expected to continue for at least another two years. Police advise drivers to pay closer attention to avoid being one of the 199 killed in construction zones in 2017.

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