Redevelopment of Longview roads near West Elementary needed, but challenging

On any given day in East Texas, there is road construction or plans for road construction or redevelopment. One of those planned areas in in Longview.
Published: Sep. 6, 2023 at 3:51 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2023 at 6:22 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - On any given day in East Texas, there is road construction, plans for road construction, or redevelopment. One of those planned areas is in Longview.

Even city officials say the intersection of Page Road and Delia Road at Loop 281 is an awkward section to travel, which is why redevelopment is needed. Driving up on Page road at Loop 281, you immediately see the problem.

″There’s not really a good difference where the road starts and stops... it’s a three-way awkward intersection... realign Delia, bring it over, get that spaced away from Loop 281,” said Longview Development Services Director Michael Shirley.

A very short turn space to get from page to Delia Rd., which is a safety issue.

“First and foremost, it’s a safety issue, trying to get that intersection pulled back away from Page Rd. and Loop 281,” said Shirley.

The main issue with construction on Page Rd. is the entrance to Hallsville West Elementary, which is used by buses and employees to get back and forth. But it’s more than just the road that will be redeveloped.

“Relocating water, sewer, drainage facilities... there will also be sidewalks added,” said Shirley.

The city is expected to spend around $760,000 to realign and preserve the right of way, but they are getting help.

“The project is being funded by a TxDOT grant. Without the help of our friends at the TxDOT Atlanta District, it probably wouldn’t be happening.”

The planning phase for the project has already begun. Shirley said the redevelopment project is estimated at 24 months for completion.