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Changes To Grande Boulevard Extension

Tyler's Grande Boulevard Extension Project is taking a small detour. 

In phase two of the original plan, Grande would run straight from Sutherland Road to Paluxy Drive. However, there are two gas pipelines, and a TXU transmission line that run underneath. The city says it would now cost too much to go over those lines, so it plans to meet up with New Copeland Road instead and go to Paluxy.

This change will mean two additional families will be forced out of their homes, as the city exercises its immenent domain power.

Mayor Joey Seeber says the city's Planning and Zoning Committee has always known about the lines, but now it is not feasable to go over them.

"For the ten years that we've been planning the Grande extension, we've known that there were gas lines and overhead powerlines. With deregulation, the increased cost of steel, and many other factors, it has become much, much more expensive to build the roadway in the original route," Seeber said.

The proposed changes to the master plan will not be considered for the next 30 days. This will give the city time to work out details with co-owners of the two homes being affected by the changes.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.


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