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FM 1722 work necessary, as is more funding

With work set to start this week on safety improvements to Farm-to-Market 1722 on the north edge of Ennis, we find another opportunity to stress the importance of infrastructure maintenance and are happy to see the state working to make bad conditions better.
Driving FM 1722 makes the problems with that stretch of road between the Lake Clark bridge and FM 879 fairly obvious to even the most untrained observer. For one, it’s a road with hard turns but no shoulders, somewhat of a disaster in the making as you are allowed to reach greater speeds farther from populated areas.

The work is state-funded through the Proposition 14 program that allows for bond sales supported by the Texas Highway Fund. It’s a program that has made continued roadwork possible in our state and one we’re glad is helping us in this case.

Without it, we’d be hamstrung by what can be boiled down as a lack of commitment at the state level to making sure road funds can grow. The state has to make sure funds in the coffers designated for transportation expenses keep up with the ever-increasing wear on our Texas roadways.

Extending that argument further is the increasing efficiency of newer vehicles, which use less gas to go farther. With much of the revenue for the highway fund tied to the state’s gasoline tax, decreasing fuel use and increasing trip distances can mean the scales tip even further in a direction detrimental to our roadways’ safety and upkeep.

While work on FM 1722 is necessary and important, it will represent a significant inconvenience to the residents of that area over the next year as the road is narrowed and closed to make way for construction.

In the end, it’s better than the unsafe road conditions currently in place, which include deep ruts, no shoulders and an environment pretty much ripe for a deadly crash.

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