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Small town at odds with TxDOT over roads

HILL COUNTY - A local fire department says they're at a crossroads with TxDOT over several roads constructed in Mount Calm off Highway 31, east of Waco. They say the roads are a matter of public safety.    

The new roads were laid less than two years ago but Mt. Calm Fire Chief Milton Stuckly says they've been a problem ever since.

“since this road was constructed I know of approximately, and this is not just in our area but in Axtell and Leroy area off of 23-11 over there somewhere between 7-9 people have gotten killed and that's way too many people," says Stuckly.

The fire department has a list of problems. Top of that list, are the speed limits and the "s" curves that lead into and out of town off Highway 31.

President of Mt. Clam Volunteer Fire Department Jerry Smith says the “s” curves aren’t just dangerous for drivers but for first responders as well.

"When you're in the right lane going west, you have to switch over to the opposite lane to try to straighten it out so you can get up to speed to get on 31," says smith. 

Another concern is a stretch of road on Highway 31 coming into Waco that locals call "rub road."

Stuckly says that stretch of the highway is so bumpy that cars and trucks traveling at 75 miles-per-hour bounce off the ground causing accidents.

According to TxDOT it's caused by the soil shifting under the pavement. TxDOT says they were aware of the rough ride issue but say they hadn't heard of the others until News Channel 25 called them today.

They plan to level and re-pave that stretch of road in the next 30-45 days. TxDOT says that’s just a temporary fix and they’ll need more time to come up with a permanent solution.

News channel 25 will keep you updated on what's being done.
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