City weighs in on highway expansion
The council held a vote on the matter on Thursday, July 21, after the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) asked that the city state its wishes.
There are no immediate plans to start construction, but TxDOT wanted the city’s position on the matter so that the state agency will be ready to quickly proceed if funding becomes available, according to Tom Tagliabue, a TxDOT spokesman.
The council passed a resolution, 7-0, supporting a plan that would mean expanding the two-lane highway from a point in the area of Mustang Boulevard to Avenue G.
The plan would mean widening the highway to four lanes throughout the length of the project and inserting a center turn lane from a point starting just south of Sharkey’s Bar and Grill Beach Club and extending north to Avenue G.
A raised concrete median containing vegetation would be included in the project, according to Deputy City Manager Dave Parsons.
Now that the city has said what it wants the expansion generally to look like, TxDOT can go ahead with drawing up specific plans for the project, Parsons said.
TxDOT also must have an environmental study done because wetlands lie in the project area, Parsons said. The study will determine how any damage to wetlands can be mitigated, he said.
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