Map courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Construction on the Gaston-Garland-Grand intersection is scheduled to begin Dec. 13.

Traffic will be affected during the project, which is expected to continue through spring 2023.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the $6.3 million project will reconfigure the intersection to provide “safer turning movements and more efficient through-lanes on east and westbound SH-78”; create new access points for pedestrians and people on bicycles to cross the intersection; and widen the SH-78 bridges over the tributary to White Rock Creek.

First, work will focus on removing medians and improving drainage structures. A temporary signal will also be added.

In mid-January 2022, the lanes on SH-78 (Garland Road/E. Grand Avenue) will narrow and shift. Later, the pedestrian bridge over Garland/Grand that connects the Santa Fe and White Rock trails will be closed for up to four months while crews work on the bridge.

Neighbors have long complained about problems surrounding the intersection, such as speeding and safety for pedestrians and bikes.

TxDOT announced in 2019 it would redesign the intersection in the “reverse T” option, which adds stoplights in all directions, puts an end to confusion about yielding and increases the walkability of the area.

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