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Online Petition Wants to Get Rid of Yield Signs on Loop 250

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - We all know traffic has exploded in the Tall City but now an online petition has been started to do something about it.

But the proposed answer to the problem can't exactly be called a safe idea.

"It's crazy out there," driver, Eric Neatherlin, said. "I just try to avoid it at all costs between 5:00 and 6:30."

Rush hour traffic on Loop 250 in Midland isn't anything new. With more people flocking to the Tall City for work, traffic gets heavy, potentially causing more accidents.

But an online petitioner believes the yield sign is part of the problem.

The website is called noyieldmidland.com.

There's no word on who created the petition but whoever did said the red triangle causes congestion on the service roads.

"Initially years ago, it was stop signs and I believe that those were on the ramps," Transportation Manager, Gary Saunders, said.

But Saunders said that created backed up traffic so yield signs were put up instead.

The website said the constant flow of exiting traffic leaves drivers waiting for a break for long periods of time and drivers agree.

"With so many people these days, it's almost impossible to get where you need to be if you are yielding," Neatherlin said.

It goes on to say "drivers are then left to take the risk of going ahead despite oncoming traffic and hope for the best."

It also points out another issue that drivers may face.

"No one really pays attention to yield signs anymore so I'm real cautious when I come up on one," Neatherlin said.

"They just keep going and those people keep going and they honk and you know," driver, Connie Evans, said.

So the answer? Do away with them all together.

The petitioner writes "drivers in both lanes should take caution by using their blinkers and checking to make sure the area is clear."

But Saunders disagrees.

"I'd rather see something there than nothing," Saunders said. "If you remove it, that really creates an intersection that's uncontrolled."

NewsWest 9 spoke with several drivers who felt the same way.

"They just need to leave them there and people need to obey them," Evans said.

"I don't really think it's a good idea," driver, Benjamin Barrientos, said. "I think the only solution would be for them to modify the road."

Saunders says that's up to TXDOT and funding is an issue but he feels its safer to have something than nothing at all.

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