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County looks at highway renovations

The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court held a workshop Thursday morning to discuss the U.S. Highway 287 Corridor Study conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
The workshop was held for informational purposes only, and TxDOT, with the help of the planning and engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) is planning the study. The study is being conducted to see what would have to be done to make Hwy. 287 into a controlled-access freeway from Interstate Highway 45 in Ennis to Heritage Parkway in Mansfield. Controlled access means the highway would have frontage roads, a high-speed lane and no traffic signals. Currently, parts of 287 have frontage roads and high-speed lanes, but the study would find ways to expand these features to an entire length of the highway.
“The study is intended to look at what it will take to make 287 a freeway with controlled access,” said LAN’s Senior Project Manager Joe Atwood. “That is the safest type of corridor the state can provide to the traveling public.”
Improvements to Hwy. 287 would require cooperative efforts at all levels of government to identify issues, needs and resources to accomplish this. Both Ellis County government and the governments of Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Midlothian, Waxahachie and Ennis would be involved in all parts of this project, Atwood said. The North Central Texas Council of Governments and TxDOT will also be involved.

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