AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - When it comes to the Loop project, Mayor Paul Harpole isn't hiding the fact there's a lot to be done.
"We're talking about a 43 mile Loop that we must have to move traffic through this region, not just Amarillo," said Mayor Harpole. "So, it is critical to the growth of our city."
It's going to take awhile but TxDOT just made it a bit easier.
"We hoped, we begged, we pleaded, we prodded, we got it," said Harpole.
The City of Amarillo recently received $65 Million in TxDOT money to extend the Loop. Mayor Harpole says without this money it would have taken another 30 years to expand Loop 335.
"I'm so glad that we got this money because it will put us one the road to complete this project more than it is today," said Harpole.
Amarillo has now received $150 million of the $870 million needed to finalize the Loop. The new money will be used to focus on portions of the Loop west of Amarillo.
"This will give us the opportunity to work a lot on Helium Road and establish that as a new corridor," said Harpole. "This new area will also help more businesses."
He also adds State Senator Kel Seliger and Representative John Smithee were huge players in getting the $65 Million. They both convinced TxDOT to tour our area to see the need for an expansion and more money.
"It's going to free up money we already had dedicated to the project to be able to do other things that are important in our communities," said TxDOT Spokesperson, Sonja Gross.