Please comment on I-35 expansion through downtown Waco

By · January 5, 2010 · Filed in Uncategorized

Please consider sending comments to TxDOT on the reconstruction of I-35 through downtown Waco.  The comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2010THESE COMMENTS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  TXDOT AND THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION CONSIDER VERY SERIOUSLY WHAT CITIZENS SAY DURING THE COMMENT PERIOD.

Please state any concerns or comments that you may have about the project. Plus, you may want to add any or all of the following points:

•get these plans shovel-ready by the end of 2010

•road viewed not as an obstacle between Baylor and Downtown, but a catalyst between the two

•The initial plan pertains only to the design of the access road bridges across the Brazos River and it is a goal to have a remarkable signature bridge to replace the old main lane bridge and the access roads should be part of that main bridge’s design.

•immediately design the Brazos River bridge

•shovel-ready plans seem to be the ones that get funded these days

•road designed with recurring related themes for the entire length of the road

•integration of Loop 574 to create a major Dallas/Houston/Downtown Waco intersection

•removal of the TXU substation

•integration with the hike and bike trail

•placement of ramps

•access to homes, businesses and churches

•bridge lights

•landscaping

•underground drainage

•signalization

•state-of-the-art street lighting for safety and aesthetic purposes

•well designed and landscaped intersections

•signage that encourages business

•respect for landowners’ rights

•fair, courteous and quick condemnation procedures

•full access to relocated utility and drainage facilities

•aesthetically pleasing drainage facilities that resolve community flooding issues

•design for interaction with a streetcar system and outstanding pedestrian linkages

Click the following link for schematics and other info about the proposed changes to I-35.  http://www.dot.state.tx.us/public_involvement/hearings_meetings/i35_loop_340.htm

For your convenience, here is a link to provide comments to TxDOT:
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/contact_us/form/?id=wac-ph-email

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the community to shape what I-35 will look like and feel like for the next 50 years.  Thank you for all that you do.

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