Transportation Commission Approves Navarro Median and Sidewalk Funding
Victoria motorists and pedestrians will see two major road construction projects in the coming year after the Texas Transportation Commission approved funding at their meeting August 29.
The allocation includes $8 million for safety improvements on Navarro from Loop 463 south to Airline Road. The project includes $5.5 million for a median in the roadway and another $2.5 million for sidewalks along the highly traveled roadway.
The median will provide for driveway and street intersection access while controlling left-turns that can be hazardous on the thoroughfare.
“One of the major traffic safety issues we have experienced in Victoria is conflicting traffic in the left turn lanes,” said Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordinator Maggie Bergeron. “We have reports of head-on collisions in the left turn lanes and some motorists have used the left turn lanes to actually merge into traffic, creating another unsafe condition. The median project will help to alleviate some of the ‘stop-and-go’ traffic congestion on Navarro.”
“The medians along Navarro north of Loop 463 have worked well in reducing the number of accidents related to left turns. We anticipate we will see positive results with this continuation,” Bergeron said.
The other major project on the TxDOT list for the coming year continues the development of the I-69 corridor in Victoria County with the development of one-way frontage roads along U.S. Highway 59 between U.S. Highway 87 (Port Lavaca Highway) and SH 185 (Bloomington Highway). The $7 million project includes construction of a two-lane, one-way frontage road and rehabilitation and conversion of the existing two-way frontage road. The result will be two-lane, one-way frontage roads on the north and south bound highway.
The development of limited access freeways with frontage roads is a key component in the development of the I-69 interstate highway corridor that will link South Texas to the remainder of the nation.
“Having a designated interstate highway in Victoria is a major asset in our economic development efforts,” explained Victoria City Manager Jesús A. Garza. “As we work to continue to attract more jobs and investments in the community, we see the corridor as a key factor in helping us accomplish development balance throughout our City.”
In addition to roadway maintenance projects in Victoria County, the 10-year Unified Transportation Plan includes continuing to expand the I-69 corridor, improvements along Loop 463 between Business 59 and Lone Tree Road, the widening of Highway 77S between FM 236 and Highway 59 and the widening of FM 236 (Upper Mission Valley Road).
Bergeron said that the funding allocated in the Unified Transportation Plan for TxDOT construction projects in the Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization area over the ten-year period totals over $66 million.