The new Andrews truck relief route has been open exactly one week, but already has seen one deadly crash.
Truckers and the citizens of Andrews agree that there has been a lot less traffic since the opening of Andrews Loop 1910, but some say since the reliever route is brand new, some drivers aren't aware of the new stop signs.
“Sometimes people forget that there are big vehicles on the road and they may not slow down enough to think about it,” said Resident of Andrews Josh Shryock.
Truckers and the citizens of Andrews agree that the loop is a good idea and that there has been a lot less traffic since the opening of the loop.
“I have noticed a big difference inside town, there’s not as much heavy traffic moving through town so I think it’s working out well,” said Josh Shryock.
“In my opinion it’s better for all the truck drivers to stay away from downtown or anywhere close to town, and a lot of reasons for the school zones, you know for the kids,” said Trucker, Dean Rogers.
Truckers also say that in comparison to other truck relief routes that loop 1910 is better than most because it avoids all of town, which helps trucks avoid traffic.
“All the trucks are going through the loop so it’s a little bit faster for us, speed limits 35, but I guess that’s a good thing because it’s a curve,” said Trucker Manuel Hernandez.
Everyone we spoke to said the new loop’s signs and directions are easy to read and follow, but think that last week’s accident occurred because the truck driver wasn’t aware of the new route.
“A lot of people aren’t used to this truck route, and maybe it’s new to them,” said Dean Rogers.
“They probably weren’t paying attention, they weren’t used to that new route,” said Manuel Hernandez.
Andrew’s city officials say they will address problems associated with the new relief and are considering implementing advance warning systems at certain interactions, so drivers know they are approaching stop signs before they even see on.