An ‘unexpectedly heavy load of traffic’ Saturday afternoon near Chappell Hill was cleared up with the help of Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Sheriff Otto Hanak said the Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival, the high level of spring time traffic and a traffic signal that needed to be adjusted for the high volume of traffic all contributed to a traffic back up that some say went halfway towards Hempstead on Highway 290.
The Sheriff called in a DPS helicopter to take aerial photos and find the source of the backup. Then he called TxDot to adjust the lights. The traffic was running much more smoothly by five Saturday afternoon. Hanak said the TxDot crews ‘performed wonderfully.’