For more than a year, drivers passing through the Y at Oak Hill have gotten used to navigating around construction cones. Now, they have to become acquainted with what’s called a continuous flow intersection.
“Hard to know at this point. It seems a little confusing at the moment,” City Collision owner Travis Sievers said.
Sievers drives through the area every morning to get to his body shop. He worries drivers could be confused at first, having to veer right to turn left or prepare to turn left much earlier than they do now.
“It's all a matter of relying on the lights and that people pay attention to the lights and that it's safe left turns," Sievers said. "Yet to see the continuous part of it."
Mark Cross with the Texas Department of Transportation says the department has installed some innovatively designed intersection improvements on an interim basis, which includes a combination of Michigan left turns and continuous flow intersections.
Drivers going from Eastbound 290 to Westbound 71 will cross oncoming 290 traffic for a bit and wait for the chance to turn left onto 71.
Planners have discussed solutions for the Y at Oak Hill for decades, but Cross says something needed to be done now.
“The growth in population and people has affected traffic and has affected areas,” Cross said.
Sievers knows traffic will continue to grow.
“There’s no necessarily slow time for traffic out here,” he said.
He hopes this temporary fix will make it easier for commuters and customers.
Permanent plans are still in the works for the Y at Oak Hill, or as TxDOT now calls it, Oak Hill Parkway.
You can give planners your feedback at the project's website, oakhillparkway.com.