Farm-to-Market Road 40 and 1729 is the place of at least five traffic collisions. Four way stop signs are going up after complaints to the state's highway department. Now, Abernathy residents are pleading for the same thing.
At least four people have died this year after collisions at FM 54 and FM 400 in Hale County. "I think for years, people off and on have talked to the Texas Department of Transportation about getting something done out there to draw some attention," said Tina Goble, Abernathy resident.
Goble says she and 40 other people who have signed her petition want the intersection marked more noticeably. "Four way stops would help, but I'd really like to see flashing light to get the driver's attention," she told us.
But that will not happen, according to the Texas Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Penny Mason. Mason says FM 400 and FM 54 do not fit the state's requirements for a four way stop. That includes high volume of traffic, pedestrian traffic and high accident rates, not including number of fatalities. "If the accident rate is five or more within 12 months at that particular location," said Mason.
Mason did say the state will replace larger rumble stumps to the intersection, and install florescent warning signs that can be seen better at night.
Goble says something needs to be done in order to draw a driver's attention to the intersection. It's an intersection that has one pair of stop signs. "When you go the the intersection, you will notice that it is in the bottom of a lake area. When you are coming off a hill off both sides of the road, sometimes there are tall weeds. It is just really hard to see, especially if you are traveling through and do not know the area to realize you have to stop," says Goble.
Four way stop signs with flashing beacons will be in place at the intersection of FM 40 and 1729 by next week. The intersection in Hale County will be taken care in a couple of weeks.