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Speegleville/Old Lorena Road Bridge at Hwy 84

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Coke Bear
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Is a completion date set for this section of the highway? This may hold the record for the longest construction project on the shortest span of road in Texas history.

Has there been some type of issue or delay in the project?
CorsicanaBear
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Sometime in the spring is the expected completion date and I am told, by TxDOT and District V Council Member Jim Holmes, it is running ahead of schedule.

Yes, I was incredulous too.
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CTbruin
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Coke Bear said:

Is a completion date set for this section of the highway? This may hold the record for the longest construction project on the shortest span of road in Texas history.

Has there been some type of issue or delay in the project?
Actually the project is ahead of schedule by several months. It is a very difficult project and it sure looks like they are doing it right.

I am more concerned about the redo of Spegleville Road from Hwy 6 to Hwy 84. It is my understanding the road will be widened to 5 lanes except from the middle Bosque River to Hwy 84 (the portion in Waco city limits). I guess Waco just wants our taxes, but isn't interested in making road improvements.
CorsicanaBear
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I guess Waco just wants our taxes, but isn't interested in making road improvements.
Your guess would be correct. But its worse than that, they want to punish everyone who has the temerity to not live in "Real" Waco and WISD, revenge for white flight and all that. Remarks made during the Dump fight made this evident. I think I've seen a police car once in Hidden Valley during the last 5 years.
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CTbruin
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I have been in Hidden Valley since 2000. And you are correct, I have seen Waco Police cars maybe 3 times. And never on patrol.
dave714
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There shouldn't be crime in hidden valley.
Weston Rogers
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CTbruin said:

Coke Bear said:

Is a completion date set for this section of the highway? This may hold the record for the longest construction project on the shortest span of road in Texas history.

Has there been some type of issue or delay in the project?
Actually the project is ahead of schedule by several months. It is a very difficult project and it sure looks like they are doing it right.

I am more concerned about the redo of Spegleville Road from Hwy 6 to Hwy 84. It is my understanding the road will be widened to 5 lanes except from the middle Bosque River to Hwy 84 (the portion in Waco city limits). I guess Waco just wants our taxes, but isn't interested in making road improvements.
Agree on the timing of the 84/Speegleville Rd construction... As someone who lives out here and travels it daily I feel like they're making great timing and only now towards the end of construction is it beginning to affect traffic at all.

On the second point, there's no chance that Speegleville Rd from Hwy 6 to Middle Bosque becomes 5 lanes. There's not enough ROW land or even demand on the road to dictate that much investment. They'll take out the S curves near Hwy 6, raise the road level, put down a better base to handle heavier vehicle traffic, and add shoulders like Old Lorena, but it will still be two lane traffic like it currently is. They might put a dedicated turn lane at a couple of intersections, but that would be it.
CTbruin
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What I meant was a center turn lane and shoulders. It will still be "2 lane"
CorsicanaBear
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They need to extend it to the Lake instead of having it make a turn away just past McLaughlin Road and then bridge the lake over to airport and connect to Steinbeck Bend. That's probably not the best way to do it, but if they connected the China Spring/Airport area to the southern part of the 84 Corridor (the two fastest growing areas) the opportunities for additional growth and the revitalization of North Waco would be excellent. Additionally I think Speegelville road is getting widened and straightened to some extent because of projected residential growth in the area. All those corn fields are going to get developed.
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CTbruin
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As I was trying to say, Speeglevile Rd is getting widened, except where it's in the city limits of Waco
southtexasbear
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do you think they will divert traffic over the bridge while they work on side roads or wait until project is finished?
CorsicanaBear
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do you think they will divert traffic over the bridge while they work on side roads or wait until project is finished?
Based on prior history they will do what ever causes maximum confusion and congestion at the intersection. And at the worst possible time.

Murphy was an optimist.
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IASIP Rocks
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I live in that area and our HOA received an update from TXDOT (or the GC on the project) that they forwarded to us. Said that the westbound frontage road by Valero should be complete in October. I'd say that seems realistic based on where they are now although I would think maybe early November. The bridge is basically finished, the construction guys were driving on it in late August. Finally the two main lanes to get to the bridge are scheduled to be completed in January of 2020. So getting pretty close. I cannot wait. Then ... Speegleville will become a disaster.
TrapIt4Life
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Big traffic switch on 84 if you are heading out towards McGregor, you now have to drive on the new frontage road.

https://imgur.com/gallery/Gq1iuyD
HashTag
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They are going to install a traffic light at Oak and Speegleville Rd, where River Valley is located.
Volunteer
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Given the time it has taken to get this bridge finished, I'm assuming they are using horse drawn equipment.
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