Money should be spent on bridges to save lives
Editor, the Advocate:
In recent days, we read about another tragic death on Loop 463 on one of the bridges over the Guadalupe River. This was the second death this year on the same bridge that took the life of another Victoria county resident earlier.
The state seems to have the money to spend on overpasses to nowhere but could not see far enough into the future to build four-lane bridges when Loop 463 was conceived. Now that the price of such a project would most likely be doubled, I can understand that they would not look favorably upon this.
Why not construct concrete barriers like those on the four-lane part of the Loop on the bridges? The bridges have five to six feet of room on either side of the existing lanes. The barrier would minimize vehicles crossing into oncoming lanes.
In the interim, why not add flashing yellow lights on either end of the 1.2-mile span and possibly reduce the speed limit to 50-55 mph until the Loop divides into four lanes again? The current speed limit is 70 mph; you find individuals driving 40-50 mph, which in itself is a hazard for those wanting to drive the posted speed. I know a sign does not make it safer; there will always be individuals who believe that the posted speed limit is for the "other guy," not them. Maybe the flashing lights might hold their attention for the time that it would take to cross the bridges.
The state seems to always find a way to fund projects that can make you want to say, "What is that for?" Why not this? It could save lives. Could this be funded by the Rainy Day Fund that our governor is reluctant to use? Do our elected state/county officials have a thought on this?
Victoria Advocate, you are all for bringing things to the public's attention, such as the Goliad issue. Do some investigative reporting; provide the facts on how many accidents/deaths have happened on these bridges since Loop 463 opened.
D.P. Magnia, Victoria