Highway 21 getting safety improvements after multiple crashes

POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 10:18pm

It's a stretch on Highway 21 that's proven to be deadly one too many times.

Over a three week period earlier this year, four people lost their lives in two separate crashes all within five miles of each other.

"The two different crashes, although they weren't exactly in the same area, they both did not stay in their same lanes," said TxDOT's Bob Colwell.

After investigating both double fatalities TxDOT decided to add shoulder texturing, or rumble strips, along 30 miles of Highway 21 in Madison County to make it safer to travel.

"The shoulder texturing is like mini speed bumps so when you run off the road, it tells you to get back in your lane, it's there to alert you and we'll put those on the shoulder and we're also going to put them on the center line," Colwell said.

While the ultimate goal is to have a two-lane divided highway in the future, Colwell says this safety measure upgrade will help prevent accidents so long as drivers do their part too.

"Put down the phone, buckle up and pay attention to your surroundings because everyone's goal is to come home safely to what they love at the end of the day."

The $300,000 project is scheduled to start in August and should only take about a month to complete.


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