NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches City Council will see a draft of a resolution that may have some influence on speeding up road construction at the Highway 59 Loop 224 intersection.
If it is approved, it will be sent directly to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Long lines of traffic are common as motorists approach Nacogdoches from the south on Highway 59. A new diamond intersection can't come soon enough to clear up the traffic jams and help prevent fatalities
"When those improvements are complete, there will actually be more vehicles moving through that intersections and then getting on the west loop, but that's not enough," said Jim Jeffers, Nacogdoches' city manager.
A flyover eliminating traffic light stops is the answer. It's on the drawing board. The city wants to speed the project along.
"Right now it's scheduled for construction in 2020, but there isn't appropriation for 2020," Jeffers said. We've talked to TxDOT Lufkin and they said in a perfect world, everything could be ready by 2019. We just believe sooner is better."
A resolution will be mailed off and the lobbying will begin to advance the project. The speed bump is securing the funding.
"There's a lot of competition for that funding," Jeffers said. "And let's face it, even though this intersection is busy and congested, it's not even in the top 100 busiest intersections in the state."
The argument will be that Highway 59 is vital for transporting products to the rest of the state and nation. In addition, it is a hurricane evacuation route.
Long lines of traffic during construction are definitely hindering businesses along the Highway 59 route into Nacogdoches. Jeffers recognizes the immediate impact the project has and hopes businesses will be okay in the interim.