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TxDoT Presents Four Options To Improve FM 1788

MIDLAND -- "Anytime there's a history of crashes or a fatal crash, we do everything we can to improve safety in that area," said Gene Powell, public information officer for TxDoT.
MIDLAND -- "Anytime there's a history of crashes or a fatal crash, we do everything we can to improve safety in that area," said Gene Powell, public information officer for TxDoT.

And FM 1788 has a long history of crashes.

"The traffic is a nightmare down on that Interstate-20, Business-20," said Pat Hanloon, who owns a business south of 191.

The Texas Department of Transportation say its main objective is improving safety.

Tuesday night, TxDoT unveiled four options to improve 1788 near Interstate-20.

The first involves adding more traffic signals with the other three all involve adding a raised median along part of the road, which would eliminate left turns in certain areas of the road

"The stuff that they're talking about here that I'm, seeing looks pretty good," said Joseph Wolf, a concerned resident.

TxDoT detailed each option with a slide show.

Option one: Add additional traffic lights at County Road-117 at Business-20 and at County rd 127.

Option two: Add a raised median and a turn-around under Business-20 with a merging lane.

Option three: Add a raised median and a turn-around under Business-20 with a conventional intersection.

Option four: Add a raised median along with a turn-around with a loon u-turn.

"But, it still doesn't really solve problems north of 191," said Wolf.

A problem Wolf was hoping would be discussed at the meeting.

Hanloon agrees that there are safety concerns that need addressing all along 1788.

"Hopefully in the next meeting or two, they will get to address the turning lane from the CEED Center to the airport because to me, that's the most dangerous stretch of the highway 'cause everybody's going so fast," Hanloon said.

But for the time being TxDoT is focusing on 1788 near I- 20 and believes option four, adding a median and a U-turn, would be the best option.

TxDoT officials say this option would be the most cost effective.

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