Preliminary phase two plans for expansion of the Loop set to release

Published: Apr. 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2015 at 12:54 AM CDT
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Amarillo, TX - At the end of last year a new proposal was unveiled for a multi-level freeway that would help clear traffic at south I-27 and the Loop.

While TxDOT officials gear up to finalize those plans, new plans are being introduced to take the loop farther west beyond its current location on Soncy.

Soncy road is known for being congested, but now TxDOT has come up with a plan to help relive that area.

"We're looking at the alignment being at Helium Road and then wherever there's an intersection of roadways, we would put overpasses all the way to where I-40 is," said TxDOT spokesperson, Paul Braun.

At I-40 there would be a multi-level intersection involving the frontage roads, I-40, and the new Loop.

Click here to view the TxDOT phase II concept schematic plan. 

"And then bringing that back around and tying it into the Loop again at around 9th Avenue which is over by the hospital district," said Braun.

Braun says as our city grows, the city needs to have a freeway to accommodate not only the population but national freight movement.

"I-40 is a critical corridor for freight movement. I-27 is also a freight movement corridor and we want to be able to take that commercial traffic off of areas like Soncy and be able to have it go around where it can go to I-40 or keep going up on US 287/87," said Braun.

Although Braun says these are positive changes, TxDOT still needs to hear from the public about this expansion project.

"So we need to hear from them about what their feelings are, do they have any ideas for it. So that we can come up with these projects that best serves the public," said Braun.

The estimated $192 million project will take about 3 years to complete. The public is encouraged to attend a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Ascension Academy at 6.

"It's a collaborative effort, the public, TxDOT, the metropolitan planning organization to come up with these solutions," said Braun.

Phase one of this project will have a public hearing later on this week. That part of the project is making the Loop a freeway at FM 2590 to Bell Street.