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County seeks volunteers for trucks study
The intersection of U.S. 181 and F.M. 541 in Poth, which has been the scene of increased heavy truck traffic related to the ongoing oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Eagle Ford shale, is one of three intersections being eyed for a commodity flow study.
Wilson County is one of seven Eagle Ford shale counties seeking adults to volunteer for a commodity flow study.
According to LeAnn Hosek, coordinator of the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, the study’s aim is to identify any hazardous materials being transported on area roadways. It is being overseen by the Texas A&M University Transportation Institute with funding from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
Watching every road in Wilson County would be an arduous task, which is why Hosek said volunteers will be asked to log and categorize all commercial truck traffic as it travels through the intersections of U.S. 181 and Hospital Boulevard (S.H. 97 West) in Floresville, U.S. 181 and F.M. 541 in Poth, and S.H. 123 and U.S. 87 in Stockdale. These intersections have been identified as the busiest when it comes to tractor-trailers transporting materials related to the area’s ongoing petrochemical exploration boom.
The volunteers, whom Hosek said should work in pairs, will be assigned to the intersection located closest to their residence. They will spend at least a half hour at these locations. Volunteers will be trained on what to look for in a class that will meet on a date to be scheduled this month, she said.
In addition, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch will have information related to the identities of the volunteers and their vehicles. These vehicles also will carry signage on their windshields, Hosek said, to indicate that they are participating in the study.
To volunteer for the study, contact Hosek at 830-393-8351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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