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TxDOT, take a look at U.S. 287 near the airport

Friday’s heavy downpour and subsequent wreck on U.S. 287 drew attention to the possibility that stretch of roadway could use a good, solid appraisal.
Road conditions have always been a point of public debate and pride when they are positive. Texas’ reputation in previous years for having some of the best-kept roads in the country has begun eroding, however, just like the surface of some of the arteries we travel daily.

During the morning commute Friday, a single-vehicle wreck involving a van put lives in danger. Police at the scene of the accident pointed to ruts in the roadway near the Ennis airport as a probable cause — prior to any accident reconstruction.

However, the U.S. 287 project in the works now would provide a convenient opportunity to evaluate the condition of the roadway not set for heavy construction. Especially in the case of roads like that one, which is traveled by thousands of cars on a daily basis, having a good surface is key to reducing accidents, injuries and deaths.

Driving safely can only take motorists so far if road conditions are poor. There was considerable feeling at the scene of Friday’s accident that high speed likely was a factor in the van’s rolling gymnastics, and just as much amazement that the driver was relatively safe after the incident.

Motorists in Ennis probably have their own stories of near-misses on U.S. 287. Driving that road in wet or otherwise inclement weather is an ill-advised idea because of the tendency to hydroplane.

We’d love for TxDOT to take a look at the ruts in that road and evaluate the possibility of resurfacing or fixing the current surface of the road.

Ruts create a terribly dangerous scenario during weather events for even the most attentive of drivers, and safety is of paramount concern when roads are on the agenda.

We’re at a good point to take a look at it. So let’s look at it.

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