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5th Street and Central in worst condition

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STAFF REPORT

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Private contractors are being urged by City Manager Eric Strong to make repairs to Central Street and 5th Street, which currently resembles the surface of the moon and not a state highway.
"As you know, Central is in the worst condition and I have talked to [Texas Department of Transportation] numerous times about this," Strong said.

"They tried to do repairs and fill in all the holes, but that didn’t work. 

"I talked to them again today [Oct. 26], and they are currently talking to the contractor and are setting up a time to get him back out to mill the road down to a more firm base."

Motorists and residents alike have complained about driving on the crater holes that have pocketed near the intersections of FM 660, Fifth Street and the access ramp to Interstate Highway 45.

"This [stabilizing the road base] will eliminate all of the holes and give us a smoother road to drive on temporarily while we wait for it to be paved," Strong said.

"I am hopeful this will occur this week, and I will certainly keep an eye on it."

Strong said contractors initially started the project in August and had 150 calendar days to complete the work.

"That means we are currently about three months out from when they are supposed to be done," he said.


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