Iconic Texas Symbol Along Interstate-20 Being Removed

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The iconic State of Texas symbol that’s been a fixture on the I-20 median near Spur 408 since 2010, is being removed.

Chopper 11 was over the scene as work got underway Monday afternoon.

TXDOT said the short answer to why it’s being moved is safety.

“Motorists have been pulling off of I-20 onto the median to get out and take pictures,” explained TxDOT spokesperson Ryan La Fontaine. “It has grown in popularity and most recently it has really grown… Along with that growth also comes the growth of safety concerns with all of those people pulling off the interstate then trying to get back from the shoulder back into oncoming traffic.”

It has always been illegal to stop there along the highway to go onto the site and take photos.

“In fact we do have signs out there that clearly state that it is illegal to park in that area and still, people are getting out of their cars to take pictures… so we have to find a new location for it.”

Crews have already cleared logs around the border of the landmark.

Texas symbol - Chopper11

Texas symbol – Chopper11

TXDOT said it is working with the City of Grand Prairie to put the red, white and blue Texas symbol in another location that does not cause safety issues.

“We began looking for a new location some time ago,” said La Fontaine. “We identified a couple of different areas [to move the design] and — for one reason or another — those areas didn’t work. So what we’ve done is we started discussing it with the City of Grand Prairie and they showed some interest in wanting to keep it and find a better location within the city for it that would be safer.”

La Fontaine said there are no specific crashes in recent years that have directly led to the symbol’s removal.

People on social media voiced displeasure about the iconic Texas outline going away, but the TxDOT spokesperson reiterates, it’s not going to be gone forever.

 

“Well, It’s not a permanent removal that’s for sure,” said La Fontaine. “We’re finding a safer location within the City of Grand Prairie to reinstall it and set it up so where people can park legally and safely; get out of their cars and take as many pictures as they want… I believe the city and TxDOT have discussed possibly manicuring the area; landscaping the area around the emblem and making it pretty.”

La Fontaine said TxDOT is well aware what the landmark means to people.

“We understand that this emblem is source of local pride and we’re certainly happy and thankful to the city of Grand Prairie and pleased to be working with them to find a safer location,” said La Fontaine.

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  1. I’d love to see some data from DOT of accidents caused by this icon and compare it to data of accidents caused by red light cameras at intersections.

  2. Rp Bazan says:

    Why not make it an attraction instead of a distraction. Make a little picnic area by it and provide easy on-easy off access to it. If people want to stop there and take pictures as they travel through our amazing state, provide them a way to safely do it. Make it an asset!

    It takes a few hours to drive through Texas…people want to stop and stretch their legs. Let them do it at this spot but do it safely.

    Give people a chance to stop and enjoy Texas on their way through it.

    If you are using this logic, are we going to bulldoze all the bluebonnets and wildflowers too? People stop on the side of the road to take pictures of those too and that is definitely not safe either.

  3. What a shame they just did not make a small parking lot and keep our Texas, there seems to be enough room to do that. In Huntsville Texas we have a 67 foot tall Sam Houston on the side of 45 and they made a parking lot on the other side of the statue so people could take pictures

  4. Seems they have forgotten why the Texas was put there in the first place. People would off road up that hill and come down on the NE side right next to the freeway. The original Texas was put there in the early 70’s.

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