Tatum ISD: TxDOT may add left-turn lanes near school campuses

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The Texas Department of Transportation is looking for ways to make an East Texas highway safer near schools.
The agency is considering adding left-turn lanes on Texas Highway 149 at each of Tatum Independent School District's school campuses -- including a new elementary school under construction.
This would not be a widening project -- instead -- contractors would use an existing lane of traffic to create the left-turn lane.
Veronica carter works in Tatum and supports the idea.
"For them to have another lane to turn in would be a great idea," Carter says.
Right now, the idea is only in the planning stages.
More than 11,000 drivers pass by Tatum schools on Texas 149 each day.


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