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Justin neighborhood fed up about drivers crashing into fence

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People living in a neighborhood north of Fort Worth say it's just a matter of time before someone's hurt or killed.

The road behind their houses is full of curves, and they say TxDOT isn't doing enough to protect them. They say cars keep crashing through their fence along FM 407 on Meadowview Drive, which is just east of downtown Justin.

Tim Murphy says the winding road behind his house is contributing to repeated crashes into his backyard fence.

A month ago, a car veered off the road.

"…and [the driver] came through here drunk as a skunk," said Murphy. "The police estimated [the driver was going] 60 to 65 miles an hour.  And luckily, he hit that post because if he didn't he'd have gone right into [my neighbor's] bedroom right there."

Murphy says there have been at least 10 accidents since he moved in.

Neighbor Martha Shelley says another smaller crash happened a couple of weeks ago.

"…and I heard the boom, and I told my husband, ‘There goes the wall again.'"

The formed concrete fence runs along the entire length of the Meadowlands neighborhood, separating houses from the traffic on FM 407.

The speed limit on the road is 35 miles per hour, and it's TxDOT's responsibility to manage the road and right of ways there.

Neighbors in the area say they've called and they've written letters, but the only response they've gotten is signs that have been put up.

However, the signs still don't seem to deter drivers from running off the road, and neighbors want to see a guardrail installed.

TxDOT officials say they're considering other options for additional driver notification measures, but it doesn't appear a guardrail is part of the plan.

"The area between the roadway and the subdivision wall is an established clear zone," said TxDOT spokesman Tony Hartzel. "Installation of rail or other objects in that area is not warranted and could have a detrimental effect on roadway safety."

Residents in the area are hoping something can stop the string of accidents.

 

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