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Student project takes on hazardous highway

2/17/2015 12:00 AM

Chances are that most high school projects are undertaken by students hoping for a good grade or blue ribbon. For four students at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas, their hopes are a little higher. Jordy King, Tanner Underwood, Jared Pentecost, and Skyeler Washburn are taking on “Dead Man’s Curve" and with a little help, are proposing improvements to local law enforcement, fire departments and the Texas Department of Transportation.

“Dead Man’s Curve” is a name given to dangerous roads in many communities. This instance refers to a particularly bad curve along a treacherous 10 mile section of US Highway 277, South of Abilene, Texas. Aside from trying to help make the road itself safer, the students also hope to help emergency responders with incident management and traffic control plans to reduce the chance of secondary crashes after an accident.

The project is part of the ““Family, Career and Community Leaders of America” competition. The students have received assistance not only from their advisor, Martha Watson, but also from the Texas Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), which is part of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

Media are invited to attend as the students discuss their proposal with first responders and the public.
WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Elm Valley Community Church, 142 County Road 675, Tuscola, TX 79562

ONSITE MEDIA CONTACT:
Laura Shehan, TEEX Infrastructure Safety & Training Institute
Laura.Shehan@teex.tamu.edu
979-571-2511

About The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service:
TEEX makes a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions and saving lives. World renowned for its hands-on, customized training, TEEX offers a wide range of technical and skills training programs aimed at employed workers and those entering the labor force. TEEX provides training and technical assistance to people from all 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and 73 countries. TEEX is also the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 1.

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