As the Southwest side of San Angelo steadily grows, so must the roadways.
"We are part of what's called the metropolitan planning organization, and this organization takes a look at everything that's going on locally. And we were looking and there was congestion that was beginning in this area and so it was time to do something about it,” Peterson says.
This 15 million dollar project began in the first part of this year. It begins on Southwest Street to all the way to the city limits line on Hwy 67. The project is hoping to be completed around June 2008.
“Currently we have five lanes which are two lanes in each direction, plus continuous left turning lane and when we're done with the project we'll end up having seven lanes, which will be one continuous left turning lane and three lanes in each direction,” Peterson says.
But before those lanes are complete, businesses located on this road say that the projects construction is affecting their customers.
“It's not killing our business the only thing is we are getting a lot of complaints and we've even had people that parked next door and walk up the rocks, and that's not cool because if somebody falls, that's not good for them,” Rebecca Leon says.
As fast as the Southwest is growing, TXDOT hopes that this main artery will have a smooth flow.
“We expect that in the future we will be able to assist more businesses growing which is going to happen, adjacent to the state right away, and this will allow for the proper flow of traffic in each direction,” Peterson says.
To help keep all safe on Southwest, TXDOT reminds the traveling public to please obey all of the added traffic control rules, and slow down in construction zones. And that goes for other projects going on around town, like the road overlay work that's going on from the city limits to Christoval and Pulliam Street and Loop 306.