U.S. Business 77 may get reshaped

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A road less traveled may actually soon get smaller. 

The Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization is talking about reshaping U.S. Business 77. 

A week long workshop by the MPO with the public started Monday. This is a Corridor Study for U.S. Business 77 from the Brazos River to I-35, just south of the Village of Elm Mott. 

In a release the MPO states:

“The purpose of the study is to research whether the corridor design should remain as it is currently or whether long-term it should be something different. Due to the age of the facility, the road will eventually require significant reconstruction work and currently operates under capacity.

If feasible, reducing the number of lanes and structures along the facility may help improve access to the community, provide opportunities to improve the anesthetics of the corridor and would help reduce long-term maintenance costs.

This is a unique opportunity to reshape the way the corridor looks and feels. Freese and Nichols, Inc. is the design and planning firm that has been hired to complete the study of the corridor.”

The workshop runs from Feb. 1st – 4th. 

Public Meeting- Monday, Feb. 1st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City of Waco Multi- Purpose Center, 1020 Elm Ave. Waco, Tx 76704.

Interviews- Monday, Feb. 1st through Thursday, Feb. 4th, various times. Texas Department of Transportation, Waco District Headquarters, 100 South Loop Dr. Waco, Tx 76704. The project team will be conducting individual interviews of stakeholders and the general public throughout the workshop. 

Open House- Tuesday, Feb. 2nd from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 3rd from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Texas Department of Transportation, Waco District Headquarters, 100 South Loop Dr. Waco, Tex 76704. Two open house events will be held so those interested can view the progress the team has made, visit with the team, and share input. 

Public Meeting- Thursday, Feb. 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. at City of Waco Multi-Purpose Center, 1020 Elm Ave. Waco, Tx 76704. Attend the Public Meeting where initial concepts will be presented and public feedback will be collected. 

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

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