Hwy 51 Plans Unveiled
Roughly 100 residents attended a presentation of the Business Highway 51 project Tuesday night, which city officials hoped would touch off an ongoing conversation regarding the massive project, slated to being in 2016.
According to a study performed by AECOM, the corridor of Bus. 51 from the railroad underpass through the Hwy 39 ramp is outdated and unsafe. The road and/or sidewalk needs to be widened in some spots, and pavement replaced in others.
Officials also say the underlying utilities are likely in need of repair as well.
The study showed a higher- than- average instance of crashes at various intersections along the stretch of road, and indicated turn- lanes aren’t as wide or safe as they should be.
City officials say the plans are in very early stages and have plenty of options to consider.