Brownsville will host public hearing on 6th Street project

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:02pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 8:57am

The 6th Street Intersection in the Mitte Cultural District is one of the most popular intersections for people to culminate. It's right in the heart of the city and nearby an art museum, middle school, and the Gladys Porter Zoo.

That's why city commissioners are considering narrowing 6th Street. If they do, it will have two traffic lanes instead of three. It will also have an extended sidewalk next to Gladys Porter Zoo so pedestrians can get  to local attractions much more easily.

"Once you make something a whole lot more accessible, they'll use it," said Brownsville mayor Tony Martinez.

Officials also say that isnce Brownsville is becoming a more active community with more people walking and riding bicycles, it will also be a healthy addition to the city.

"We are on a path of healthier communities and friendlier to both elders and youth," said Martinez. "I think the reduction of the carbon footprint as well as the healthy lifestyles, do have to be measured and due have to be weighed out."

But while some people are all for the new project, others believe it may disrupt traffic at an already busy intersection:

"I think they're legitimate maybe in some of their concerns in regards to impeding the traffic flow," said Martinez.

The city conducted a traffic survey, which will come to light at tonight's meeting:

"I think we'll just have to air it out tonight and see where the votes go," said Martinez. "Change is not always easy. Democracy is messy, but we have to keep marching forward and see what the will of the people are."

"Getting feedback at the public hearing tonight will help Brownsville city commissioners determine whether or not actually implementing the 6th street project is a good idea.

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