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Groups to take SH 71 safety concerns to CAMPO
Monday, March 17, 2008 by Kimberly Reeves
Concerned Citizens for Highway 71 will be at tonight’s Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board meeting to raise awareness about the safety issues along SH 71 in western
“We have received some of the specifics on the long-term planning from
According to the petition, Concerned Citizens for Highway 71 lists a number of priorities, not the least of which is a goal to address the hydroplaning issue on SH 71. Hydroplaning has led to a number of fatality accidents along the roadway, including the death of the teachers during a rainstorm last summer.
Other goals for SH 71 include dividing the highway sufficiently to prevent head-on collisions through the use of barriers; the placement of flashing warning signs; reduction of speed limits along hazardous stretches of the roadway; installation of traffic lights at major crossroads; the establishment of turn lanes; and to widen the existing stretches that contain turn lanes, so that each side of the roadways include two lanes on each side of turn lane.
The specific area of interest to Concerned Citizens is the stretch of SH 71 between FM 2244 to the
The most recent accident caused the death of three teens.
Concerned Citizens of Highway 71 have no pro- or con- agenda on toll roads. The group did take some points from Fix 290, creating its agenda as one suggestion. SH 71 is a major corridor – the subject of much development –
“So many people are affected when even one person is injured on Highway 71,”
A number of issues need to be addressed,
“You don’t have any human error out there,”
Concerned Citizens for Highway 71 will be first on the list of public speakers at tonight’s CAMPO meeting.
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