Loop 322 to Face a Change of Plans

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Abilene, Texas (KRBC) –The city has been working on a project to prepare for future traffic due to campus additions to TSTC on the southeast side of Abilene.

A new ramp will be put in on the east side of the loop but the plan to turn the frontage road on the west side of Loop 322  into a one way street had residents up in arms. 

“It would disrupt not only the traffic flow but it would send a lot of the traffic through the neighborhood,” said Lytle Trail resident Charlie Taylor.

Charlie Taylor lives on Lytle Trail and is one of many residents off of Loop 322 that came to a public hearing today to stand up against a proposed change to make the frontage road near where they live a one way street.

“We have a lot of people walking the neighborhood and walking their dogs and there’s always a large influx of traffic during football games, during West Texas Fair, and then with all the events at the expo center, you don’t want these horse trailers having to come through there,” said Taylor.

The city came up with plans to change to areas of 322 to combat anticipated traffic from TSTC’s campus expansion.

“I thought we had a good turn out. The neighborhood was obviously well engaged, had a lot of concerns about what was happening, they were very well spoken about what those concerns were and i think the board was listening,”said Michael Rice, the director of Abilene’s Public Works.

At the end of the meeting the board concluded to not make changes to the west side of the loop and to continue planning a new ramp on the east side.

“It’s important for people to stand up for what they believe and for what they believe is best for the nation,” said Taylor.
 

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