Sweetwater Residents Driven to
Create a Safer Highway 71
White ribbons wrapped on trees and streets around the
Sweetwater neighborhood during November served as a
reminder of the tragic loss of a beloved resident. Members of
the newly mobilized Safer 71 organization want to ensure
this tragedy is not in vain.
Safer71 is a non-profit comprised of residents of
Sweetwater and surrounding neighborhoods. The group
aims to achieve a zero-fatality road corridor on SH71 between
Southwest Parkway and the Blanco County Line. This stretch
of highway has seen 20 auto-collision deaths and 128 serious
injuries since 2014.
Working with municipal and county governments, traffic
jurisdictions, and local neighborhoods, Safer 71 aims to provide
the necessary research, advocacy and outreach programs to
ensure that SH71 becomes a road that people can feel safe
driving on every day. Their charter focuses on a comprehensive
approach to the problems: Engineering, Enforcement and
Safer71 asks that you join the effort by supporting, promoting
more, stay informed on how you can help create a safer
community for all residents and travelers on Highway 71.