A major project is in the planning stages along Highway 48. In particular, the area commonly known as Boca Chica Boulevard by Brownsville residents.
The Brownville Chamber of commerce hosts Despierta Brownsville on the morning of June 26, 2018. During that meeting, the public and community leaders talk about topics related to the future of the city.
One of the most heated topics of discussion was Boca Chica Boulevard and the need for change.
“It’s one of the top 100 most congested roads in the entire state of Texas,” says Octavio Saenz, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation.
The Texas Department of transportation held a presentation about the creation of a raised median along the busy road. According to the presentation, there’s been over 150 crashes every year on the street since 2010. The plan includes a raised median similar to the one found on FM 802 from the expressway (I-69E) all the way to international boulevard (SH 4).
Raised medians have been effective in Brownsville. The TXDOT spokesperson says that “crashes have been reduced by 57 percent” since the project was completed.
But some residents are not entirely on board with the proposal this morning. Such was the case with Manuel Alcocer. He raised concerns about proposed U-turns. Alcocer believes they are not in proper places.
Some are worried the construction would drive businesses away from the area, commute more difficult, and say that there are other problems that should be addressed first. Our Facebook viewers say that drainage should be a high priority.
TxDOT tells us they are not in charge of Drainage in the area and they are trying to make the area safer and less congested.
The first public meeting is scheduled for July 17 Oliveira Middle School at 5:30 PM.
If approved, the 12-month project could begin as early as Summer of 2019.
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