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Officials seek input on I-20 safety, fixes

Officials seek input on I-20 safety, fixes
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:42am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:53am

Many people would like to see longer on and off ramps built along the East Texas portion of Interstate 20, County Judge Bill Stoudt said Monday, referencing limited responses received since mid-March to a survey about the highway.

“It’s more about the ramps,” Stoudt said Monday. “You’ve got 70 mph speed limits, and people going 70 to 75 when they get on a ramp, so there are safety factors in getting off the ramp. Those ramps weren’t built for that type of speed.”

Suggestions on how to improve safety and mobility along the 155-mile East Texas leg of Interstate 20 are trickling in with one month remaining for the public to add its two cents.

The I-20 East Texas Corridor Advisory Committee, comprised of 21 elected officials in the six counties from Dallas to the Louisiana state line, is asking residents to pinpoint problem areas along the 55-year-old interstate.

The comments will form the body of a study, to be completed in December, that will guide improvements to the aging interstate as traffic volume increases with anticipated growth in population and commerce.

Other potential suggestions could involve frontage roads, adding lanes to specific stretches and even passenger rail alternatives.

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