Official says plans in place to ‘beef up signage’ at intersections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Sheriff Matt Murray and district state police commander Capt. Jimmy Glascock told Curry County commissioners Tuesday they are working to resolve safety concerns about intersections on east 21st Street, or N.M. 523.

Murray said he and Glascock are working with the state to try and get permanent solutions at the intersections at no cost to the county.

“In the meantime we’re going to try to beef up the signage,” County Road Superintendent Chris Pacheco said.

Pacheco said he will soon place early alerts — eye catching signs, rumble strips and possibly even flashing signs — at the approach to stop signs at Curry Roads G (Sugar Beet) and H (Humphrey) along the state road.

The items will be installed as soon as his department can get them, Pacheco said.

Meanwhile, he said, signs that warn of a stop ahead have already been installed.

Don Teague, 74, of Bovina was killed Feb. 13 when his pickup was struck by an Oldsmobile driven by Hanna Godwin, 19, of Clovis, at 21st Street and Sugar Beet Road.

Murray and Glascock said crashes at intersections in the area have the potential to be severe because of the speed and volume of traffic.

Glascock said he will also ask the state to study the possibility of lowering the speed limit on N.M. 523 east of Sugar Beet Road from its current 55 MPH because of a school in the area and increased residential development and traffic.

“Speed’s not a complete answer, but hopefully it will help,” he told commissioners.

Murray encouraged the public to write letters in support of the efforts so they can be included in the request to the state.

“The better case we present, (the better the outcome),” Murray said.

Commissioner Frank Blackburn asked they also include N.M. 311 at Llano Estecado Boulevard.