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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2001 12:00 am

By CRISELDA VALDEZ

THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

LOS FRESNOS In the aftermath of Tuesdays fatal accident on Highway 100,

city officials are looking for ways to make the thoroughfare safer.

Concerned Los Fresnos residents approached the City Council during Tuesday

nights meeting to express concerns about the recent rash of accidents on the

highway.

Tuesdays crash near the Los Fresnos Rodeo Grounds left two Kansas teenagers

dead and residents said the accident could have been much worse.

A 1992 Pontiac Bonneville crashed into a telephone pole and a tree off Highway

100 when the driver, Alvin J Chambers Jr., fell asleep at the wheel. Police

Chief Johnny Cavazos said the tree was the only thing that kept the vehicle

from entering a home at 416 E. Highway 100.

Residents who live along the highway said they want the city to install safety

features. One asked if it is possible to install the road divots like the ones

on Expressway 77/83. When a car veers out of its lane, the tires strike the

grooves, which cause a loud buzzing to wake the driver.

Julian Guerrero was especially concerned. He said this is the second time a

severe accident has taken place near his home. He urged city officials to do

something before a worse accident happens.

Cavazos said when he spoke with residents along Highway 100 after the

accident, they asked for metal railings to protect their houses as well as for

road turtles, white and yellow bumps along the roadway.

Cavazos said that in his opinion, the road turtles would be the best idea.

It is probably the most effective, cheapest, fastest and safest way to go. I

would suggest to place them all along the lane, not just on the shoulder, he

said.

Interim City Administrator Paul Chavez said he and Cavazos said would meet

with Amadeo Saenz, area director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Chavez said the city would supply the department with a packet containing

photos of the vehicle.

Cavazos said the packet would also contain some information on how the

accident happened and suggestions to help avoid tragedies like that in the

future. He said the meeting is planned for sometime next week.

At a City Council meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday Cavazos and Chavez

are scheduled to update the council on actions they are taking to make the

highway a safer stretch of road.

In other City Council action Tuesday, the REACH Promotora Community Coalition

made a presentation on migrant health initiatives.

Mollie Williams, the program manager, provided the council with background

information on the program and what the coalition will be doing to raise

health awareness in the community.

Anyone with questions may reach Williams at (956) 565-0002.

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