The Crossroads has good state and federal highways running through it.

The four-lane divided highways didn’t happen overnight. It took time to plan and make sure money was available to make the highways a reality.

Victoria now has four-lane highways leading into it from all directions, making travel so much easier and safer.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization along with its member agencies including area cities and counties as well as the Texas Department of Transportation – should get the credit for having the foresight to plan years ago.

But the planning has not stopped. As a matter of fact the MPO is looking for community input on what the next important transportation projects should be.

The organization is asking the public to complete an online survey to give your views of what is needed for better, safer transportation in the Crossroads.

It is an important document to complete. It is made up of three key questions.

When making decisions on what projects are developed, the MPO as well as the transportation department must look at how the projects will improve the area as related to economic development, health and safety issues, and the cost.

The top priority must be the completion of U.S. 59 to make it I-69.

It will be a tremendous benefit to the entire region. Some industries don’t even consider relocating to the area because we literally are off the interstate map.

From a quality of life and safety perspective, pedestrian crossing lanes are needed on the main roads/highways within the city of Victoria. Pedestrians need a safe means for crossing the wide six to seven lane roads.

Sidewalks are also needed in these same areas so pedestrians can safely walk.

Bike lanes are needed throughout the city. Bike lanes are particularly needed to connect Riverside Park to the walking trails on the other side of the city.

It would also give college students a path to safely ride their bikes from the dorms to the park.

Sidewalks and bike lanes help add to the quality of life as people go outdoors for recreation or exercise.

Outside of Victoria County, U.S. 183 from Cuero to Luling needs to be expanded to four lanes. Increased traffic including oilfield traffic makes the two-lanes dangerous and often crowded.

Passing lanes have been added in areas, but that is not the long-term answer to the increased traffic. The same is true for U.S. 77 north from the SH 111 intersection to Hallettsville.

It goes without saying the farm-to-market roads that carry school buses need to be continually improved for the safety of the thousands of school children who ride buses daily.

The list of project possibilities and needs is long and the funding is tight, but it is important that these and other projects get submitted for study so when the money is available the engineers can be ready to build the projects for the betterment and safety of the entire region.

Over the past three decades, many projects have been developed to improve the transportation needs in the Crossroads. Some include

  • Expansion of U.S. 77 to four-lane d
  • ivided highway from
  • Victoria for about 23 miles to a short distance past the SH 111 intersection in Lavaca County.
  • Expansion of U.S. 87 n
  • orth to Cuero.
  • Expansion of U.S. 87 south to Port Lavaca.
  • The completion of Loop 463, which has many names as it loops the city of Victoria.
  • Building of the Nursery overpass on U.S. 87
  • The overpass at Main Street and the loop
  • Expansion of U.S. 59 to Goliad
  • Widening the Guadalupe River bridge on U.S. 77 (Loop 463)
  • Completion of John Stockbauer Drive

Having safe streets for local residents and the traveling public to use is essential to the growth of the Crossroads.

Because of this, it is important for the public to offer their thoughts on what projects are needed by completing the survey.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria

Advocate’s editorial board.

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