Nacogdoches County residents, especially landowners, turned out in large numbers last night to give input and voice concerns to the Texas Department of Transportation about the future Interstate 69 expansion project.
One of two proposed options for expansion of U.S. Hwy. 59 was explained by TxDOT officials. That would be expanding 59 to four lanes with no frontage roads in a new location starting near Woodland Hills Drive, south of Nacogdoches, passing east of the airport and connecting back to the existing 59 lanes at U.S. 259.
The other option was to upgrade 59 where it is from Nacogdoches to U.S. 59 by widening to four lanes with frontage roads.
Last year 70 percent of the public supported expanding the current 59 lanes.
Large maps were on display at the Nacogdoches Civic Center giving landowners an idea how their property may be impacted.
TxDOT says at the present, there’s nothing definitely happening with the 69 project, since there’s no funding to go forward with the projects, and there’s no time frame known.