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Road projects: Pay now and benefit later

If the roadwork on Kaufman Street is getting under the skin of residents in the area, there is only more grinding in store when the U.S. 287 bypass work gets under way at Lampasas Street.
The Kaufman Street project, funded by federal stimulus to resurface a little more than two miles of highly-trafficked road in Ennis, has left large dips and drop-offs at cross-streets, especially in the downtown area, and the area is likely to be a bit of trouble for drivers for several months.

The TxDOT district office in Waxahachie estimates the road will be under construction through at least the beginning of next summer, so plan for a little inconvenience for the foreseeable future. What we get out of it is a hopefully well-surfaced roadway at no additional cost to residents of the city. Anyone who drove it in recent months before work began could testify to the level of need — some of the roadway’s base had lost integrity, and general age had worn away at the asphalt surface to the point it was turning into a bumpy ride.

Still, that work will really pale in comparison to the excavation at Lampasas Street and U.S. 287. The state, in its interest to make the highway a no-stop experience all the way through the city, has decided to actually dig an underpass under the existing street at Lampasas, and that will definitely be an interesting sight.

It will also mean some significant construction that could be just as affected by complications that hit the Kaufman Street project — October’s wet weather comes to mind and we wonder what will happen around April and May.

Work in that area is expected to begin within the next few months. TxDOT is eyeing it as the most logical and easiest place to begin the construction process on U.S. 287. They already have the rights-of-way necessary to get moving.

At any rate, the road construction on both ends is for a greater purpose. Infrastructure — one of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind aspects of living in the city for most residents — is absolutely key for strong commercial and residential growth. While Ennis is a nice place to live, our prosperity depends on consistent and managed growth, and having the right atmosphere for that means having well-surfaced and well-serviced roads.

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