HEREFORD, TX (KFDA) - The US 60 Roadway Rehabilitation Project coming to Hereford is set to revamp the entirety of US 60 that runs through the city.
TxDOT says rebuilding the existing roadway will improve mobility and accessibility to motorists and pedestrians in the area.
It will begin from just east of Progressive Road all the way down US 60 to the Tierra Blanca Bridge and creek area.
"The existing roadway has really lived it's design life and it's time for a full rehabilitation," said Kit Black, the Director of Transportation Planning & Development for TxDOT. "With this project will come pedestrian elements such as sidewalks and shared use lanes for bicycle accommodations as well."
"It'll cut down on construction, we have construction on 60 all the time," said Rick Hanna, City Manager of Hereford. "Repairing pavement and seal coat, utilities digging in the street. We'll relocate utilities outside the concrete area and that'll save everybody a lot of headaches."
TxDOT has completed preliminary engineering and is now coordinating utilities.
While construction isn't slated to begin until 2022, it's something officials in Hereford have been working towards since 2001.
"We have a lot of truck congestion in that area. We want to help, not eliminate it, but make it easier and flow better. It'll also help the trucks on their turning radius," said Hanna.
The project will be done in two phases to ensure that one side of the roadway is open for traffic.
"People become less irritable if they're not waiting in traffic or dodging tracks, which happens here," said Hanna. "It's good, it's going to be a little bit of an inconvenience for a few years but it'll be worth it."
"Even though it's a few years away from completion, we're at least to the point where we know something is going to happen," said Tom Simons, Mayor for Hereford. "It's going to happen in a relatively short period of time."
TxDOT is accepting written comments about this project to the following address:
Brian Crawford, P.E.
Amarillo District Engineer
Texas Department of Transportation
5715 Canyon Drive
Amarillo, Texas 79110
These comments must be postmarked by May 8th.