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Posted on: May 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Midland begins study of Northeast Midland for future transportation needs

The City of Midland, working in conjunction with the Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), has initiated the Northeast Midland Feasibility Study to define a common vision for a potential highway loop corridor and supporting roadway network in Northeast Midland.

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Hispanic Cultural Center of Midland, 1311 E. Wadley, next to Sibley Nature Center at Hogan Park. The meeting will start with an open house session at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 6 p.m. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts, ideas, and future transportation needs as they relate to Northeast Midland.

“The feedback we receive from residents and stakeholders during this process will give us a common vision for potential road projects and help us better understand the need for expanded infrastructure in Northeast Midland,” said Midland Mayor Jerry Morales. “By attending this public meeting, citizens can help us shape future decisions in relation to convenience, accessibility and property values as Midland continues to grow.”

This study will help identify the need and purpose for potential corridors, develop and narrow the number of alternative alignments based on community and environmental factors, and provide supporting documentation for future planning.

The area of study includes parts of Midland and Martin counties, generally bound by County Road 2600 to the north, FM 1208 to the east, Interstate 20, Business 20 and Northeast Loop 250 to the south, and Highway 349 to the west. Along the south, the study area will extend an additional half mile in order to incorporate supporting connections with the north-south roadway network.

“The Permian Basin MPO is pleased to provide funding and support to complete the Northeast Corridor Feasibility project,” said Cameron Walker, executive director of the Permian Basin MPO. “The leveraging of funds between our two agencies indicates the importance of long-range planning, as well as stakeholder and public outreach efforts.”

The City of Midland has retained Freese and Nichols, Inc. for the development of this study. For more information on the Northeast Midland Feasibility Study, and to sign up for future meeting notices, please go to www.midlandtexas.gov/NortheastCorridor, or contact Bo Zertuche at 432-967-1807 or mavpro@gmail.com.

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