The state’s highways are finally getting a modern update, with new lanes and some new signs.
The Texas Department of Transportation announced the new design in a statement Thursday.
It’s not just a few changes to the highway, however.
The department says there’s also a new lane on the east side of Interstate 45, a new highway guardrail at Exit 5 on the north side of I-45, and a new northbound lane on U.S. 290 near I-10.
The new lanes also come with a new design, which features a single-lane structure with a concrete median on each side.
The new designs aren’t the first updates to Texas’ highways in recent years.
The state had some new highways in place earlier this year, including the new Texas Toll Road.
But these updates are notable in that they include a new traffic signal.
It was originally slated to be installed in 2019.
“The new design will increase safety and reduce vehicle travel time for everyone, including seniors, students, bicyclists, motorists, and others who use these highways daily,” state transportation secretary Brian Brown said in a press release.
“These improvements also provide an opportunity for the public to enjoy our great state.”
The changes aren’t without precedent, though.
In March 2017, the state announced a major upgrade to its existing highway system with the installation of a new interstate bridge.
The project was slated to cost $1.9 billion.