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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
Ellis County Commissioner Dennis Robinson, pct. 1, plans to extend an invitation to cities and communities throughout the county to participate in work zone traffic control training.

An item on Monday's Commissioners' Court agenda seeks approval for a cooperative agreement with Navarro College to host the first course.

'Navarro College has offered to provide a classroom at no cost to the County and it is in a centralized location,' Robinson said.

'The way I see it is that this will improve safety for the road crews as well as safety for the citizens traveling through the work zones and I'm looking forward to having the different cities participate.'

The class, tentatively set for late November, will cover 'principles and standards for the design, application, installation and maintenance of traffic control devices required for construction and maintenance work.'

It is funded by a grant through the Texas Department of Transportation and taught by the University of Texas at Arlington Division for Enterprise Development.

'Not only is there no cost to the County, but there is no cost to the participants,' Robinson noted.

'I appreciate the work that (County Planner) Barbra Leftwich has done toward getting this all in place — bringing together a number of different resources to everyone's benefit.'

Due to space constraints, the class will be limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Cities can register members of their road crews by contacting Leftwich at 972-923-5193 or b.leftwich@co.ellis.tx.us.

'I hope that we are going to be able to do some more courses like this in the future, also,' said Robinson. 'This kind of cooperation between government jurisdictions is good for everyone.'

Other courses offered through TxDOT's training grant include Work Zone Safety Orientation, Planning Work Zone Traffic Control, Night Road Work Planning and Implementation, and Installation and Maintenance of Signs and Pavement Markings.

'We'll be sending out a short survey to the different cities to see which courses would interest them the most,' Robinson added.

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