Loop 281 corridor study seeks solutions for Longview traffic problems

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Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 2:45 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 8:26 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It’s no surprise that traffic has increased on East Loop 281 in Longview, and the city has begun addressing the issue. Tuesday, they held their second meeting for public input on easing traffic problems. Area residents are also concerned traffic will increase when construction is complete on Hallsville’s new elementary school located at Page Road and the loop.

Charles Hunt is the Pastor of Woodland Hills Baptist Church at Page Road and Loop 281. He says the speed limit on the loop is:

“65 miles an hour and many of them are doing more than that. And it’s hard, you know in their defense it’s hard to stop when the light turns yellow. It’s just an easier thing to gun it and go on through. So, we make sure we stop before, and look before we cross that road,” Hunt said.

Longview Public information Officer Richard Yeakley says the city is aware of the issue and they are putting together a plan based on their first meeting.

“Staff and experts coming back and saying we’ve heard your input. We’ve looked at it. We’ve looked at the road, here are some of the first kind of proposed alternatives to maybe how that roadway will develop moving forward,” Yeakley said.

Pastor Hunt was aware of Tuesday’s East Loop 281 Corridor Meeting but couldn’t attend, although he does have a few suggestions.

“One of the key things I think would be some longer access lanes to get onto the loop. Especially the one at Alpine is really short. The one at Tryon Road is even shorter,” Hunt said.

The city has put together several maps with potential proposals that include those suggestions, a traffic signal at Alpine and the loop, and maybe a:

“Speed reduction was recommended as a possible alternative,” Yeakley said.

They may even put in roads that would give drivers more options to get off the loop. Pastor Hunt thinks the elementary school, once finished will increase traffic but:

“They’ve got a great plan to bring the buses out on one side there on Page Road, and cars will go off the loop,” Hunt said.

The city recently made some changes at the intersection of Page Road, the loop and Delia Drive that has made traffic flow more safely, but residents I spoke with think a better design is needed. The city’s plan for Loop 281 improvements is in the early stages and it will be some time before anything is set in stone.

The city put together a power point presentation of possible loop improvements for Tuesday’s public meeting. It will be available on the city’s website by next week, along with a comments section for public input.