Public hearing set on highway improvements

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 27, 2013

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The Texas Department of Transportation is having a public hearing 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Decatur City Hall in regard to planned improvements for the U.S. 81/287 and Business 287 intersection.

Displays will be available for viewing at 6:30.

U.S. 287 will be elevated to go over the business route. The business route will be dropped about 8 feet and extended to connect with County Road 4127 across the highway, near where the NRS Arena is located. TxDOT officials working on the project said it will resemble the underpass where Farm Road 730 goes under U.S. 287.

The state will also extend Farm Road 2264 into a two-lane service road that will run north to the intersection of U.S. 287 Business. The service lanes will be the northbound lanes of U.S. 287 and the railroad tracks. Traffic will no longer be allowed to cross over at FM 2264.

In December, TxDOT estimated the project would cost $16 million.

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