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New road coming to Brownwood to ease traffic

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 07:51:59 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

City officials recently announced a solution to reduce traffic on one of Brownwood's busiest roads.

US Highway 377, also known as Main Street, and West Commerce are two of the busiest streets in Brownwood. Brownwood's city council members approved a plan Tuesday morning to help alleviate the flow of traffic.

"It's just an extra transportation route for all of the people who are in that particular area," city manager Bobby Rountree said. "It'll be able to move traffic a little easier around town."

The new road will connect Marketplace Boulevard to Riverside Drive. It will begin near Home Depot and run directly behind the old Bruner's auto facility. Rountree said a four-way intersection will be constructed Riverside and Opal, where a traffic light will also be installed.

For the construction project, Rountree said he got the approval to acquire six small parcels of property. If necessary, he will initiate eminent domain."We will pay the property owners the fair market value, but that is our last resort."

The Market Place Boulevard Extension Project has been planned for more than six years, but there was not enough funding to proceed until now. It costs $1.6 million to build this new road, much of which is funded by the state. According to an employee at TxDot, construction will likely start in the beginning of winter and will take about six to seven months to complete.