We the undersigned are against the current plan to tear up the existing Highway 199 roadway due to the lack of funds. The proposal to tear up the existing roadway and plant grass is a waste of taxpayers\' monies. If the Texas Department of Transportation is out of funds for this project, then leave the existing roadway intact. As citizens who will be directly impacted by this roadway change, we are against the current plan and respectfully request that the department\'s proposal be thrown out. Highway 199 is the main roadway connecting Fort Worth with Azle, Springtown, Peaster and Jacksboro. Azle has more than 10,600 residents who will be directly impacted by your decision. 1) The proposed closing of the main Highway 199 roadway and rerouting traffic through the access roads for an undetermined amount of time will endanger many children and their parents as the proposed change will force parents to enter a daycare parking lot (The Ark Christian Learning Center) from a main roadway with cars having to stop for entry and exit. The proposed speed limit on the access roadway to as high as 60 MPH, is unsafe when it will run less than 100 ft from a daycare facility. 2) Closure of the main lanes will endanger residents along the corridor by limiting emergency vehicle access to the highway, homes and businesses along Highway 199. 3) The current roadway is congested as it is, eliminating lanes will add further congestion to this area. Each weekday evening from approximately 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. there is a solid line of cars from Lake Worth to the edge of Azle. The proposed access lanes, without the main roadway, will add to this already slow line of moving cars. Please reconsider the department\'s current plans and ensure that our children and families are safe. Respectfully, The Undersigned
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Janice Hicks, United States6 years ago Comments: My children go to the Ark daycare. It is hard enough to get in and out of there in rush hour traffic. But most importantly is the safety of these children. I see this "new highway" every day. By putting this road this close to the daycare (about 75 feet from the front door) you are endangering these children's lives. The vehicles on Jacksboro highway rarely travel as slow as 60 miles per hour. Most travel upwards of 70. Please reconsider. Thank you.
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