Wrong-way driving a problem since Winters Freeway exit closed

APD cracking down on U-turn violators

ABILENE, Texas - Closure of the Antilley Road exit off of Winters Freeway is resulting in southbound motorists driving the wrong way to get back to Antilley Road from the next exit.

Abilene police have heightened traffic enforcement just south of the Antilley Inn at the Hwy 83/84 off ramp as a result, police spokesman George Spindler said Tuesday.

"It's a class C misdemeanor for driving the wrong way," Spindler said.

Some drivers are even cutting across the median of the Winters Freeway. Both offenses can cost motorists up to $500.

Spindler urged drivers to take the Clack Street exit just before Antilley Road to prevent a costly mistake. He gave some advice to drivers who may unintentionally pass the Antilley Road exit.

"Continue down South Clack Street (to FM 707), also referred to as Beltway South," Spindler said. "The driver will have the opportunity to just turn around and head back north so he or she can get back on Antilley."

Spindler also reminded drivers to be cautious of construction workers in the vicinity of Abilene Regional Medical Center and to obey road signs.

"Traffic safety starts with our drivers and our community," Spindler said, "so do the right thing and drive safe, and the right way."

Meanwhile, construction in that area should be completed in late summer, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

"We want to remind drivers to use the Clack Street exit to access Antilley Road while construction is ongoing in this area," TxDOT spokesperson Mary Belle Turner said in an email.

"TxDOT engineers are reviewing the area's signage to ensure clear direction during this construction project ...  Like always, TxDOT encourages drivers to drive safely and obey all traffic signs, especially in construction zones where workers could be present."


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