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Improvements set for Highway 77; TxDOT funding approved

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WAXAHACHIE - Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission met for a work session Monday, Jan. 3 to discuss the future of Highway 77 and 287.

"There have been multiple tests over the congestion of the area and we get a lower and lower grade each time," said Waxahachie Director of Planning Clyde Melik.

"The time spent waiting at the traffic lights right there [North Waxahachie] keeps increasing little by little which in turn, is causing us to receive a lower grade with the Texas Department of Transportation."

According to TxDOT representative Scott Mosley, the intersection has been approved for $442,000 worth of safety funding.

"There is no money to be had anywhere, which shows how badly we need this to be done," said Mosley.

The demand of motorists has caused the stretch of road along 77 by Walmart to become unmanageable during certain times of the day.

"With this money, we can go ahead and we will get two left turn lanes, two right turn lanes and two straight flow, making this part of highway a little more operable," said Mosley.

Mosley indicated this time next year there should be a finished project depending on the weather.

All lane closure work will be done at night to not affect any traffic. Mosley said the construction will be done using asphalt, not concrete.

"This overall improvement study is not for increasing capacity but, increasing flow through traffic," said Melik.

Melik presented an overview on additional improvements for medians and intersections though a longer stretch of the city for officials to look over for funding and improvements down the road.

"This is really in just the beginning phases of discussion," said City Manager Paul Stevens.

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