POSTED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 6:59pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:12pm
LINDALE, TX (KETK) — East Texans will have a new way to get to the city of Lindale. The Texas Department of Transportation and NetRMA are calling it "the Lindale Reliever Route."
Even though this is intended to relieve congestion and give drivers another road, some residents aren't too happy. The $80 million project is intended to alleviate congestion on Hwy. 69 through Lindale. But, in order to build this 7 mile toll road, some people are losing part of their property.
The Lindale Reliever Route is an extension of Toll 49, north of interstate 20, goes around the west side of Lindale and connects to Hwy 69 north of the city.
"It kind of snakes around different human impacts that were identified as well as environmental that were identified," said TxDot District Engineer Randy Hopmann.
This extension will give drivers another route to go around the city. But, some Lindale residents are not to happy about this new addition.
"We've been under study for many, many years and those impacted property owners felt like they were in a difficult position," said Hopmann.
NetRMA will completely take over this project once this segment of Toll 49 is environmentally cleared. Hoppman said if landowners do not accept the state's appraised value of their land, they can negotiate it.
"NetRMA will start acquisition services and start to develop the project and hopefully secure construction funding so they can begin construction operations," said Hopmann.
Resident's property will be used for the road's right of way. But, along with landowners losing part of their land other residents are worried and not looking forward to the construction traffic, detours and hassle.