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Meeting looks at Loop Widening Plan
Houston County Courier - June 2009
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) unveiled a proposal to widen a section of Loop 304 in Crockett during a public meeting Monday night., June 8
More information can be obtained by contacting Kathi White, Lufkin District Public Information Officer, at (936) 633-4395.
A large crowd of citizens turned out for the meeting. All of those offering public comments requested that changes be made in the plan.
The proposed project includes widening and improvement of the loop from 0.17 miles north of Hwy. 7 East, near the First Community Bank drive-in facility, to 0.34 miles south of Hwy. 287 South near the intersection with Caddo Lane.
TxDot proposes to convert this section of the loop to a divided highway, with a 40-foot wide grass median separating it.
The plans presented Monday night included two crossovers between Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 287.
Several business owners told the TxDOT officials the plan would hurt their businesses because it would reduce or eliminate access by vehicles, especially trucks.
Several residents who live on Trailwood Drive, and members of the Harvest Church, also spoke in opposition because there would be no crossovers at those locations.
Most of the citizens who spoke requested that the project be changed to provide four lanes for traffic and a center-turn lane, similar to the design of the East Loop between Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 21.
TxDOT Area Engineer David Collmorgen stated that the divided highway with grass median had been proposed because of safety concerns.
However, he told the group that his agency had heard their concerns and would “go back to the drawing board.”
He indicated that another public meeting would likely be held in the future after revisions are made to the proposed plan.
Written comments on the project are still being accepted until June 23.