Traffic light to be installed at highway intersection

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Dec. 14, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.

Within the next six months, Victoria drivers will need to wait for a green light at the U.S. Highway Business 59 and Zac Lentz Parkway intersection.

Texas Department of Transportation is partnering with the city of Victoria to install a traffic light at the frontage road intersection of Loop 463 and Houston Highway.

Victoria City Council will vote Tuesday on a $338,015 contract to install the traffic signal, which has been in the works since the Metropolitan Planning Organization studied it about two years ago.

Councilman Tom Halepaska said he was glad to finally see the project make some headway.

"I get irritated at the slow speed of government as much as everyone else does," he said. "Things that are obvious seem to take forever."

With traffic growing in the evenings and mornings, he called the need for a signal a "no-brainer."

TxDOT is kicking in $250,000 for the project.

D&G Energy Corp., of McAllen, submitted the lowest bid and has 150 days to complete the project.

In other action:•  The City Council will consider a $311,590 mowing contract with W.W. Services to handle the city's drainage ditches and outfalls.

•  Councilwoman Josephine Soliz will lead a discussion on Habitat for Humanity homes in the Swan Crossing subdivision.

•  Councilman Jeff Bauknight will lead discussion on a traffic study in the Woodway subdivision.

•  The City Council will vote on a $33,925 advertising agreement with Texas Monthly magazine and $36,000 for advertising time on Texas Country Reporter Statewide Network.


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