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Major accidents raise concern for I-30 traffic safety

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Major accidents along I-30 have motorists concerned this summer.
    
Authorities worked at least two fatal accidents in June, a seven-vehicle pile-up last weekend, and a three big-rig accident this week.
    
While the causes for the accidents vary, authorities believe there are ways motorists can travel more safely.

"Within every other day or so, we are seeing alot of wrecks," said Bridget Hill.

Hill works at Pro Classics off I-30 near the Nash exit.

She believes construction on the interstate has become dangerous.  

"It seems like everywhere the accidents happened, crews seem to be narrowing down to one lane," said Hill.

Motorist Chris Harley is also concerned about the construction zones and distracted drivers.

"There have been more accidents," explained Harley. "The accidents I have seen are fatalities."

Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) have been resurfacing the East and West bound lanes of I-30 since last year.

They've been working from Hooks, Texas to the Arkansas stateline.

Shelia Harley lives near I-30 at Leary and is concerned about her safety on the roadway.  

"There are times when I have to get on the interstate, but I try to avoid it at all costs," said Harley.
 
To notify motorists of road work ahead, TXDOT officials say their policy is to set up portable signs or electronic message boards about 2 miles ahead of construction zones.  

DPS Spokesperson Sylvia Jennings says patrols will be stepped up for the July 4th holiday weekend.  

"The biggest thing is slow down, pay attention, wear your seatbelts," said Trooper Jennings.

TXDOT will not have crews working on I-30 in the Texarkana area through the holiday weekend.
    
Officials say the resurfacing project is expected to be completed by the end of July.

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