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Beat the Traffic: Misleading sign removed from West Harris County intersection

by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 7:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 3 at 2:26 PM

HOUSTON -- We rely on streets signs to tell us where to go, but what if one of those signs was wrong?  One driver told us about a misleading sign in West Harris County.   

Driver Phong Nguyen emailed two photos showing a tempory sign with a "no left turn symbol" at the intersection of Renn Road and Eldridge Parkway.  In the picture, you can see the sign clearly positioned next to a protect left turn stoplight and a dedicated left turn lane. 
 
Here is part of the email Nguyen sent us on April 24:
 
Dear Katherine,
Some constructors put the traffic sign Do Not Turn Left in there, when they repaired the street. But they never removed it... The drivers get confused...
Sincerely yours,
Phong Nguyen
 
We showed the picture to other drivers to see if they could spot the problem, too.
 
"It's contradicting," driver Eraquelle Lott said.  She immediately noticed the sign.  "First of all, as you see, this is a sign saying no left turn, yet there's a light for a left turn... that's like the last thing we need is to be worried about a sign that should not be there."
 
So we called Harris County to let it know about the problem.  Within a matter of days, workers removed the sign.  According to the county, contractors installed the sign while working on water lines.
The Public Infrastructure Department sent us this email to confirm the sign is now gone:
 
The sign has been removed from the ROW as of 4-27-11.
 
Dan Mushen
Interagency Coordinator
Harris County Public Infrastructure Department
 
Drivers noticed -- Phong Nguyen wrote on April 28:
 
"Dear Katherine,
Thank you for your help. The sign has been taken away. I don't see it this morning.
Sincerely yours,
Phong Nguyen
 
"I am happy that they took care of it," Lott said. 
 
Now drivers in West Harris County can beat the traffic without the confusion.

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