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Improvements coming to US highway 69 from Alto to Wells

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:21pm

You may start seeing construction through Alto to Wells along highway 69. This project will take around two years and will cost millions, but both the city of Wells and Alto say there's nothing they can do about it. This section of the highway is an evacuation route, and after the last hurricane TXDOT knew something needed to be done.

"Its going to be very costly and very time consuming, but its something we just have to do," said city of Alto secretary Cindy Murray. She said TXDOT reached out to her last summer about moving forward in a much anticipated project. "We've had to put a couple of our major projects in our city on hold to do this," said Murray.

TXDOT will widen the highway by making two lanes into four with a turning lane. However, Murray says many adjustments will have to be made before that can happen. She said, "we have gas lines through Wells, so everything is going to have to be relocated." This could cost them around $500,000, but Murray thinks the price is even higher for Wells. "A lot of things they're having to demolish, you know, half of the town that's been there for a long time," said Murray.

"We're working with Alto on moving the gas lines, and our utilities will have to be moved," said city of Wells mayor C.W. Williams. He said it will be around $1.8 million just to do that. The project is costly for the city, losing money and historical buildings that have been there since the 1930s. Mayor Williams said, "we hate to see those go but i think it will probably help wells in the long run."

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