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City Council to discuss traffic light at Loop 463 and Houston Highway

By Elena Watts
June 1, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.

If you go

• WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

• WHERE: Council Chambers at 107 W. Juan Linn St.


Also on the agenda

The Victoria City Council is expected to:

• Approve an ordinance to annex about 6.713 acres of land located along the east side of Nursery Drive along Spring Creek for the next phase of the Lake Forest Subdivision, including five single-family residential lots.

• Approve an ordinance directing the city manager to sell about 0.454 acres within the Goodwin Avenue right-of-way to East End Lumber Company in exchange for $15,800.

• Discuss the addition of fees for parade permitting, barricade rental and staff setup.

• Discuss a resolution to adopt an updated Storm Water Management Program for the city of Victoria.

The intersection of Houston Highway and Loop 463 could soon be controlled by a traffic light.

Texas Department of Transportation recently conducted a study that showed a need for a traffic light at that intersection.

The City Council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the city manager to hire HDR Engineering to design the traffic signal.

The engineering design project will cost the city about $60,000.

The construction of the signal will cost an estimated $385,000, of which the city will pay $135,000, and the state will cover $250,000.

A traffic study for a proposed traffic signal requires the collection of data including accident information, approach speeds, intersection delays and vehicular and pedestrian traffic counts, according to the department of transportation website.

City Council member Tom Halepaska said he supported the light because of the difficulty drivers have trying to turn onto Houston Highway from Loop 463.

"The Metropolitan Planning Organization identified the signal as a needed project at least two years ago," he said. "I'm not sure why it took two years - I guess the glacial speed of government. I'm just glad it's being done now."



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