CLAUDE, TX (KFDA) - The City of Claude put up two new radar speed signs on the east and west sides of Highway 287 going through Claude this week.
“We got new businesses in town that are here and this is just one step that we felt as a city, and the City Council felt that would be a good benefit to try to, you know, slow some of the traffic down coming into town,” said City Secretary for the City of Claude Howard Heath.
According to TxDOT statistics, the part of the highway that passes through Claude sees as many as 10,000 vehicles a day.
The new radar signs will collect data the City is hoping will lead to red traffic lights at the busiest intersections on the highway.
“The City of Claude’s made several requests through TxDOT to see about what it would take to bring a traffic light to Claude,” said Heath. “And their studies tell us we’ve got lots of traffic that come of east and west but our traffic north and south isn’t as much. Maybe we can compare these with some of these TxDOT studies because we still fee, you know, that there’s a need, that there’s a safety issue with this being the thoroughfare between Amarillo and Dallas.”
With business booming in Claude, the City wants to make the highway safer for drivers and pedestrians.
Owner of local boutique 'FarmGirl Frosting' Tessa Waddell runs her business in the downtown square, right beside 287.
“You wouldn’t think in such a small town that there would be such an incredible amount of traffic, but there truly is,” she said. “I immediately noticed the evening that sign went up, the amount of traffic that is seeing it and actually slowing down. Our speed limit through town is only 35 miles an hour, so when a truck is going through it 50 or 60 miles an hour you definitely can feel it and see it.”
Waddell said a red traffic light would not only make the town a safer place, but allow those who pass through to see the growth happening in Claude.
“If we could get people to stop and notice what we’ve got going on here in town,” she said. “We have lots to offer and so we would love for them to slow down and see and possibly stop.”