Highway 34 expansion

Two meetings are scheduled in Hunt County next week, to present the latest details on plans to widen State Highway 34 south of Greenville.

Two meetings are scheduled in Hunt County next week, to present the latest details on plans to widen State Highway 34 south of Greenville.

The Texas Department of Transportation has set the first meeting for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Butler Intermediate School, 410 Clardy Drive in Quinlan. The second meeting is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Business Highway 69 South in Greenville.

TxDOT has been conducting a feasibility study for a 20-mile portion of State highway 34, between Interstate 30 and County Road 2312. The study is designed to determine critical engineering elements, economic feasibility, design concepts, general rights-of-way requirements and any associated project impacts, as future growth in the area may require an update of the existing roadway.

TxDOT also conducted public hearings in August 2018 in both Greenville and Quinlan, during which Dan Perry, director of transportation planning and development for the TxDOT Paris district, explained the entire project could take from 10 to 18 years between completion of the study and the end of construction.

Motorists were asked to submit their thoughts on the plans by Sept. 17, 2018. The study was to determine whether the preferred approach to improving the highway – turning it into a five-lane road with two lanes in either direction and a center turn lane throughout the route - would be possible.

TxDOT is investigating the amount of right-of-way needed, whether the highway will be urban or rural in construction, and “constraints,” or potential obstacles to the expansion, such as the proximity to homes and businesses, the Boles ISD campus and the Cash Volunteer Fire Department.

Both of next week’s meetings will follow a similar come-and-go open house format to allow participants a chance to meet the project team, hear a short overview presentation, view project information and provide feedback.

Staff will be available at both meetings to answer questions. Both meetings will present the same information, officials said.

The formal presentations are expected to begin at 6:15 p.m. for both meetings.

Comments from the public concerning the meetings must be received by TxDOT on or before July 8, 2019 to be a part of the official meeting record.

Those wanting more information can contact Tim McAlavy, TxDOT Public Information Officer for the Paris District at Tim.McAlavy@txdot.gov or call 903-737-9282; or visit www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings.html