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Front Page March 6, 2018  RSS feed

Church on mission to improve “extremely dangerous” Hwy 7

By Mac Shadix

Led by Pastor Joy Richards several members of the Centerville Methodist Church were present at the Leon County Commissioners Court on February 28 at 9:30 to ask the commissioners to request that the Texas Department of Transportation upgrade Highway 7 in Leon County to a ‘Super 2 Highway’ for safety reasons. The group told the commissioners that there had been 15 deaths and many injuries on Highway 7 between Centerville and the Trinity river. The highway is “extremely dangerous” the group told the commissioners, because it is so hilly and curvy in that section. Judge Ryder and the court were very receptive to the request and passed motions to send a letter to TxDot about the matter. They also voted to request the DPS to increase the monitoring of speeding and illegal passing. The original had specified East of Centerville but was modified to include all of Highway 7 in Leon County.

Judge Ryder noted that the Federal Railroad Commission had extended the time for comments on the Texas Central Railroad draft environmental impact statement, but he reiterated that it was still not a reasonable time, considering the size of the document. After listening to a statement from Kristen Workman, wife of Kyle Workman, President of Texans against High Speed Rail the court voted unanimously not to allow Texas Central to close or reroute county roads without the court’s approval.

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