Last week, the Eastland County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to support the need to reduce the speed limit and design of I-20 in Ranger Hill. Eastland County Judge Rex Fields will deliver the resolution with several locals to the Texas Transportation Commission meeting on Wednesday morning.
This all comes after Joni Kellar started a petition looking for support to change the speed limit and infrastructure. Within two days, Kellar says numerous locals have contacted her asking how they can help.
Some of the locals include Mason Harris, Jessica Vickrey, and Danetra Dunn. Many of them have close ties to Ranger Hill. Most recently, Harris lost his girlfriend, Virginia Hutto, to an accident on the stretch of highway. For one month, the group handed out petitions to homes and businesses. Dunn took the petition and posted it online.
"Within an hour, we had one-thousand signatures," Dunn said.
At the end, the group gathered nearly 4,500 signatures. People as far as Canada and Hawaii signed the petition and shared their stories. Kellar says a lot of truck drivers spoke up, as well.
"It was surprising to hear their side," Kellar said. "It's great to see that we were not the only ones with the same thoughts."
According to DPS, there have been 7 deaths on Ranger Hill this year. In January, Tiffany Lowe, 22, was killed while helping victims of a jack-knifed truck. Four months later, a family of three and a pickup truck driver were killed. In October, a 24-year old and 7-year old died following accidents on the hill, just one day apart from each other.
"For anyone traveling down that road, it's just not safe," Judge Fields said. "That traffic goes too fast."
The resolution asks the commission to reduce the speed from 75 miles per hour down to 55. In addition, the one-page resolution includes creating a taller barrier and changing the infrastrucutre through future construction.
If the resolution is passed, Judge Fields says the speed limit can change as quickly as Friday, just before the holidays. Kellar asks people to continue their support and sign the petition by visiting their website at change.org.
The Texas Transportation Commission meeting is Thursday, November 21 at 9 a.m.