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Put hwy. plan on fast track

For a couple of years now countless man hours among city officials and plenty of space in our publication has been devoted to urgently correcting the problem known as the Hwy. 287 Bypass.
We have heard the roadway called numerous things – including a death trap – due to the high number of accidents that happen on the hilly terrain the bypass covers.
Yesterday’s meeting among the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court and an engineering firm to discuss the possibility of modifying Hwy. 287 into a controlled-access freeway all the way from I-45 to Mansfield’s Heritage Parkway is a positive sign that improvements may actually take place. Hopefully cooperative efforts among these two entities will help things progress to a point where the bypass is made a safer road to travel.
The last we heard about the expansion project of the bypass to make the highway four lanes was that if funding was approved for the project then construction of the first phase could possibly begin in the fall. However, that was estimated in February after TxDOT was at a public hearing in Ennis to answer questions from community members.
City Manager Steve Howerton said the city has done its part in building a service road for the project that runs alongside Ennis Regional Medical Center south of Lampasas Street.
The more voices heard regarding this important issue, the faster things will get moving to have our bypass turned into the safe, easy roadway it should be that loops around town to keep city streets as decongested as possible. Let Bill Dodson, county commissioner for Precinct 2, know we support this project and encourage efforts to get the work started as soon as possible. He can be reached at 972-875-3241.

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