Safety Soon to be Elevated at Dangerous Intersection

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Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews are currently working on Highway 47 to create a highway grade separation. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents in that area.

In the past TxDOT has tried other means, to no avail.

"We put some oversized stop signs out there," said Bob Colwell of TxDOT. "We've put in little speed bumps warning motorists they're coming up to 1179 that they're going to hit 47, and need to stop."

However, some motorists ignore the warnings, creating a potentially dangerous situation on a stretch of road that has already had a number of serious accidents.

"There have been multiple fatalities," said Eddie Carmon of the Texas Department of Public Safety. "It isn't just your one person injured or two people injured, it's like three or four people killed, five people killed."

Officials say State Senator Steve Ogden played a vital role in securing funds for the $6.3 million dollar project.

TxDOT is creating the overpass on Highway 47 over the FM 1179 and Jones Road crossover.

And officials hope the new addition will drastically reduce accidents in that area.

"You look at traffic management from a point of highway design. Anytime you have traffic meeting at an intersection, that's where you're going to have the possibility for a collision," Carmen said. "If you can avoid having traffic meet at that intersection, certainly you can reduce the number of wrecks."

TxDOT says the project will take about a year to complete. However, many think it will be worth the wait, if it improves safety conditions at one of the area's most dangerous intersections.