"I think we did some good," said Kitchens, whose property will be directly affected by the project. "I was impressed and I want to thank (them)."
Following the last public meeting in June, TxDOT made adjustments to three areas of the preferred 35-mile route and presented those changes Thursday at
More than 200 residents listened to the proposed new preferred route, which includes realigning the south portion of the proposed preferred route to follow FM 1585 instead of
"The preferred route we are proposing reflects modifications based on extensive public and stakeholder input over the past four months," said
"One of our jobs is to look at long-range future planning for transportation," Warren said. "That's why we're still looking at it. You can see the growth in South and
Kitchens, who lives and owns 5,000 acres along FM 1585 in
Although he also owns land along
But, while residents and businesses who are located in the southeast portion were happy the preferred route follows
"Since I live in the southeast section (along FM 1585), I'm happy with the proposed route of using
Warren said residents still have until
"It's important for us to get input. I'm a smart guy, but I don't know everything. Not just residences -- we get input from businesses and developers because they know things that we may not be aware of," Warren said. "We also need to know from the public, is there support for what we're doing. We don't want to force something on the public that (they) don't generally feel is right or is needed so it's vital to us to get input from the public and we make adjustments from that input."
If there are no major or overwhelming concerns by residents or stakeholders regarding the plan proposed on Thursday, Warren said the route study portion of the project could be completed by this fall.
The first phase of the Outer Route project, known as the feasibility study, concluded in 2010.
When the current route study phase is completed, the next phase will be an environmental study and schematic design, which is expected to take between two and five years.
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