Grapevine police vow to step up traffic enforcement along the DFW Connector construction project after the speed limit was lowered last month.
"The speed limit was moved down from 60 to 50, and people are not paying attention to that,” said Lt. Todd Dearing said.
The $1 billion project includes improvements over eight miles of highways along State Highways 114 and 121 north of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The number of crashes jumped 53 percent during 10 months of construction last year, an NBC DFW review found in March.
"We're hoping the word of mouth gets out there that that we are stepping up enforcement actions in this area and people slow down voluntarily,” Dearing said. “We want them to slow down.”
One man who lives in Arlington but works near the construction zone said he doubts drivers will slow down.
“I think it’s a good idea but, in all honesty, this is Texas," he said. "People like to drive how they want to drive."
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.