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SHERRY LONG
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FERRIS - While two new stop signs were installed in Ferris on Friday, Dec. 8 the request for several more have been rejected by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Ferris City Manager Gus Pappas said the state installed two stop signs on Central Avenue at Eighth Street 'because there was a traffic problem at that area.'

He said the signs will hopefully make traffic flow better in the city's southern area.

Ferris Police Chief R. C. Nettles said the city would be lenient on issuing citations until motorists get used to seeing the new stop signs.

On Friday, Dec. 15 they plan to monitor the situation to determine if people are paying attention to the signs.

'If everyone appears to be in compliance on Friday then we will start writing tickets,' Nettles said.

Earlier this fall Nettles informed the city council additional stop signs needed to be erected at Farm to Market Road 664 and Farm to Market Road 983 and FM 664 and Jimmie Birdwell Blvd., at the entrance of the South Meadows subdivision.

'All those measures would help us control traffic around the schools,' Nettles said.

He also advocated having a no left turn sign placed at FM 664 and Wood Street to reduce the large backup which occurs at the intersection in the morning when parents were driving their kids to school.

The no left turn sign would only apply between 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Since FM 664 and 983 are state-owned highways the city was required to receive permission from the state transportation agency to get the signs installed.

The state installed the stop sign at Eighth Street and Central Avenue after the city submitted a request because both streets were city property.

Texas Department of Transportation Assistant Area Engineer Scott Morrow said the state had to conduct a traffic flow study to determine if the signs were warranted.

Nettles said the state did not perform an adequate traffic study after he received a letter stating the request for the additional stop signs and no left turn sign were denied.

'They didn't get a full-blown impression of what is going on there,' Nettles said.

'It is just such a traffic problem.'

He said one woman was recently stopped driving an eight-passenger minivan with 25 small children pilled up in the back seat.

None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts including the driver.

'If that woman had been in a wreck I don't know how many lives would have been lost because they were not buckled up,' Nettles said.

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