Great news for the beautification of our town. The City of Texarkana, Texas was recently awarded $5,152,402 for sidewalk improvements. These improvements will be along College Drive and North Robison Road. It was awarded from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA) Program.

Where will these improvements be located?

So the big question is where will these improvements be located?  According to the press release, the first will go towards a bicycle and pedestrian sidewalk infrastructure along College Drive from Robison Road to U.S. 71 (State Line Ave). This project will also include bike and pedestrian signalization improvements at Texas Boulevard.

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The second project includes pedestrian sidewalk infrastructure improvements along both sides of North Robison Road from Bright Street to Richmond Road. The proposed improvements will include crosswalks and improvements to multiple existing signals allowing pedestrians to safely cross heavily trafficked roadways. Additional improvements include sidewalks along West 15th street and Milam Street, from Robison Road to Theron Jones Elementary.

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"We are excited to receive this funding"

David Orr the Interim City Manager said

“We are excited to receive this funding and partner with TXDOT to improve the pedestrian infrastructure in our community,  The fact that Texarkana received two of the sixteen awards statewide is a testament to our incredible staff and consultants that worked on these projects.”

The two awarded sidewalk projects originated from Texarkana’s 2018 Regional Active Transportation Plan completed by the Texarkana Metropolitan Planning Organization and both ranked in the top ten projects. The plan can be found on the Texarkana Metropolitan Planning Organization’s website at www.texarkanampo.org.

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"We look forward to the impact this funding will make for our community.”

Interim Planning & Community Development Director, Vashil Fernandez, is looking forward to the infrastructure upgrades as well.

“As part of the public feedback process for the City’s neighborhood planning efforts,  improved sidewalks have consistently scored as a top priority. We look forward to the impact this funding will make for our community.”

When will construction start?

The Texas Department of Transportation’s Public Transportation Division (PTN) manages TxDOT’s statewide TA program and will be working locally with Atlanta District along with the City of Texarkana to implement the grants. Construction is anticipated to begin during the Summer of 2023.

For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at lisa.thompson@txkusa.org or (903) 798-1743.

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