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New Toll 49 safety upgrades approved

Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 10:24 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM CDT
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Toll 49 (Source: KLTV)
Toll 49 (Source: KLTV)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas toll authority has voted on increased safety measures for Toll 49.

In September, we told you about a letter sent to NET RMA that manages Toll 49 in Smith County, calling for safety upgrades to be reconsidered.

Read More: East Texan sends letter to NET RMA about Toll 49 safety concerns

Net RMA says they've been listening and, in a meeting Tuesday, approved consideration of a four foot flush median on all segments of Toll 49.  Initially, they had proposed a four-foot width on all sections except the section where six people have died this year.

The widening on that section from highway 31 to I-20 will not include the bridges on that route. The project will cost $2 million.

NET RMA says the next steps for the project would be to pass a change order to support the construction of the improvements.

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