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TxDot fixing local highway after two recent fatalities

Source: KAUZ Source: KAUZ
DUNDEE, TX -

If you have ever driven westbound on highway 277 in the afternoon, you might know just how bad the sun glare can be. 
That combined with an s-curve through Dundee has led to two fatalities this past week. 
TxDot officials are aware of it and are working to fix the problem.
    "We are installing barrels today with chevrons on top of them," Adele Lewis, TxDot P.I.O. said. "They point and let you know there is a curve and it is delineating the curve for you. We also have a changeable message sign board being installed for the westbound travelers to remind them that there is an immense sun glare going on," Lewis said. "And also to keep right on the roadway."
Lewis said construction is almost complete to make the entire area four lanes, separating oncoming traffic.
Dan Buesing, Sergeant with Texas Highway Patrol, said drivers need to still be alert regardless the location.
    "It is up to our drivers to be consistent in their vigilance in driving defensively and kind of knowing those areas that may be some troubled areas like truck stops or some two lane roads," Sergeant Buesing said. "Remember that you can be doing everything right but one person may not. And it can happen quick. So just pay attention, slow down and be patient."
According to TxDot, 30 percent of wrecks are from speeding.
Lewis wants people to drive in accordance to the conditions.
    "Whenever there's a weather situation, the sun, its snowing, or it's foggy, please slow down," Lewis said. "You do not have to drive the speed limit at all. You need to drive for the conditions."
Lewis  said that highway 277 should be a four lane highway and that is why TxDot officials are working so fast to try to complete all phases of their project to get all four lanes open. 
She stresses while no one can make the sun glare go away, their goal is to make every road as safe as possible and prevent as many deaths  as they can. 
TxDot is also working with contractors to get rumble strips installed on the center line.

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