TxDot looking at ways to improve Hwy 6
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am
BRYAN -- More than 21,000 vehicles travel down Highway Six every single day so accidents are bound to happen.
But after a deadly accident a couple of weeks ago, the Texas Department of Transportation decided to see if there's anything they can do to make the roadway safer.
It was a tragic crash that killed three people after their Toyota pick-up collided with an 18-wheeler on Highway Six just outside of Hearne.
Now , TxDot is trying to see if there's a way to prevent accidents like this from happening again.
"We asked Austin to come in and do a skid test on the roadway and they came in last week and did that for us," said public information officer for TxDot, Bob Cowell. "The skid test will tell us what kind of traction we'll have out there on wet roadways."
It was the wet roadway that played a major factor in the deadly crash, causing the truck to hydroplane into on-coming traffic.
But Bob Colwell with TxDot says that stretch of highway is one of the safest in the state thanks to a special kind of asphalt.
"We have a type of mixture out there that is called PFC, a permeable friction course, and what it does is help reduce weather related accidents such as hydro-planing and it improves your visibility out there."
Officials in Austin agree and the results of the skid-test came back extremely high but that hasn't stopped TxDot from exploring other options to make the highway safer.
"Our ultimate goal would be to build a two-lane divided highway like we have here in College Station."