MISSION—A number of major road construction projects are currently underway or in the pipeline in the Mission area. While work on the Anzalduas Highway is rapidly nearing completion, construction of other projects is expected to begin in the near future. One of these projects is designed to provide relief for the most congested intersection in Hidalgo County – Shary Road and Expressway 83.
A $592,000 Traffic Operational Improvement Project for Shary Road, completely funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, is scheduled to go up for bids in August according to Mission Interim City Manager Martin Garza.
“The project is going to assist in traffic control, and it is a combination of (installing raised) medians on Shary between Colorado (Street) and Victoria (Street),” Garza said. “We believe this…will reduce the amount of accidents that we’ve had in that intersection.”
A raised median will be placed on the existing turning lanes, but Garza explains motorists will be able to take controlled left turns. He added there is also going to be an improvement on the coordination and synchronizing of the traffic signals between Business 83 and Colorado Street.
The city manager said the synchronizing would assist in moving traffic more smoothly, and the median would reduce the accidents for vehicles crossing to different stores from east to west or west to east.
“There has been a lot of growth in the Sharyland area, not only residentially, but there has been a lot of commercial growth,” Garza said. “With that comes congestion and we are trying to facilitate traffic flow.”
Under the overpass on Shary Road there will also be extensions of lanes for motorists turning left. Four lanes will be handle traffic to the north and four lanes will be designated for southbound traffic.
Taylor Road Expansion
Garza explained the city is still in the beginning stages of the Taylor Road Expansion Project. The project is a partnership between Precinct 3, Precinct 4 and the City of McAllen.
“We are finalizing an interlocal agreement between all agencies to get approval through our city councils and the through Hidalgo County officials.” Garza said. “It will take some pressure off of Shary Road, and Ware Road has already been expanded, so it makes sense to expand (Taylor) road.”
Garza explained there are not any firm totals in terms of the cost of the project, or a timeline for its completion. He added Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas has been very successful in securing infrastructure for transportation in the Mission area.
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