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Construction can lead to more fatal accidents

CENTRAL TEXAS, TX (KXXV) - Construction can lead to more fatal accidents on Texas roadways. 

The Texas Department of Transportation says construction and maintenance can lead to more accidents and more accidents can then lead to more fatal accidents. 

The Waco District of TXDOT covers Bell to Hill county. In those counties on I-35, there have been 16 fatal accidents in work zones between 2009 and 2014. In 2009 and 2010 there were zero and in 2011 there were two, but in 2012 there were six fatal accidents in the region. A year later, there were eight. 

Highway 190 is also a major highway with construction. In 2009 there was one fatal accident in a work zone, in 2010 there were zero, three in 2011, zero in 2012 and two in 2013. 

According to TXDOT's web site, four construction projects started on I-35 in the Waco District. 

"Many times it's going to include many numbers of 18 wheelers so when you have those kinds of numbers those types of vehicles in close proximity with each other, when we have situations many times those vehicles carry the weight and as a result fatalities can occur," TXDOT spokesperson Ken Roberts said.

Roberts says TXDOT has a number of precautions but many of them are just to warn the driver. He says that's the key to preventing accidents is for drivers to be aware and drive to conditions. 

Roberts also says it's still important to improve road conditions even with the risk of more accidents. 

"Construction is necessary because in Texas you look at what is right now 1,000 individuals, 1,000 people a day coming to Texas when you have that increased population you have an increase in congestion you have to expand capacity in our roadways otherwise we result in a gridlock," Roberts said. 

If you want to see what road conditions are like, click here.

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