TxDot selects North alignment and saves Nacogdoches Mural

TxDot selects North alignment and saves Nacogdoches Mural

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - This week a decision was made in a proposed street expansion project in Nacogdoches. The Texas Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that they have selected North Alignment alternative for the Nacogdoches street widening project. The decision means a popular mural has been saved.

The freshly painted mural hangs on the side of the Russian Rivers Apartments off of Austin Street. It showcases the rich history of the oldest town in Texas, but just days after it was completed it had people talking about its future. A month earlier Tx Dot proposed a street widening project that would potentially tear down the mural.

Shannon Solly owner of the Russian River Apartment said Tuesday the state agency decided to go with a different route.

"We are happy that they decided to take the North route instead of the South route on Austin Street," said Solly.

He said if it wasn't for the community support the outcome would have been a lot different.

"We were getting a lot of response on social media because people did enjoy it," said Solly.

Breeonica Hawkins live across street from the mural and said she is happy that the mural will stay.

"Me and my boyfriend at night will sit there and look at it," said Hawkins.

However, she does have one concern.

"Where am I gonna park," said Hawkins.

Traffic has been an issue for many Nacogdoches which prompted the expansion project. Solly said he thinks the popularity of the mural influenced TxDot's decision to go with the North alignment.

"If you would have done this interview three years ago everyone would have been happy about tearing it down," said Solly "We have taken a negative space and turned it into a positive one."

Funding has been allocated for this project and is currently scheduled to open bids for construction in 2017.

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