Can Sid Miller help speed up the process?
Let’s hope he can.
It was nice to hear that TxDOT plans to install a signal light at FM 8 and U.S. Highway 281 in Stephenville, especially after the dangerous intersection claimed the life of a second young man in recent months.
What was especially concerning, though, was there was no indication given exactly when the life-saving light will be erected.
While TxDOT area engineer Marc McEndree told E-T reporter Angelia Joiner installing the stop-and-go signal light at the intersection has been in the works for a long time, he said it takes years for TxDOT to get such a light installed.
McEndree said the signal light has to be designed specifically for the intersection - and that it takes time to ensure the light is designed properly and works appropriately.
“Emotions are very high and I understand that,” McEmbree told Joiner. “While I would like to get it in as soon as possible, there isn’t anything that can be done to speed up the process.”
Enter Miller, the Republican state representative from Stephenville, who pledged Tuesday to do everything he can to “usher” the signal light through the process a little quicker.
“No one has approached me to have a light installed out there,” Miller said.
However, Miller said, “I’ll be more than happy to check on it and see if I can speed up the process.”
Miller said he has had requests in the past “that I have ushered through the process a lot quicker,” including the signal light on Washington Street in front of Wal-Mart and Saint-Gobain Abrasives.
In the case of the signal light at FM 8 and U.S. Highway 281 in Stephenville, Miller said, “I will do whatever is necessary to make it happen and make it happen in a reasonable amount of time.”
And hopefully before someone else gets killed.
DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.