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Ennis bypass ‘first priority’

The U.S. 287 bypass in Ennis is the first priority for the highway expansion project in Ellis County, a local Texas Department of Transportation official said Thursday.
TxDOT Area Engineer Bill Pearce shared that outlook in a workshop held at the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Thursday.
Representatives from Ellis County, TxDOT, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. discussed different projects concerning the U.S. 287 corridor study.
In the first workshop held in May, LAN representatives introduced the study, which is looking at ways to make U.S. 287 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 the highway have frontage roads and high-speed lanes, but the study would find ways to expand those features.
In Ennis, the first phase of the project will expand the west leg of the U.S. 287 bypass from Ennis Avenue to State Highway 34, said Scott Morrow, assistant area engineer for TxDOT in Ellis County. Frontage roads will be added from just southeast of Bluebonnet Park to S.H. 34. The intersection of U.S. 287 and Lampasas Street will no longer have a traffic signal, but an interchange instead. Bids for the project will go out in October.

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