TxDOT Gathers Resident Input on Highway 87 Overpass
VICTORIA – An overpass on Highway 87 in Nursery will soon be a reality. The Texas Department of Transportation revealed the plan to Nursery residents at a public meeting on Thursday at Nursery Elementary School.
The future overpass will be built over U.S. Highway 87 by Cimarron Crossing, to make the intersection with FM 477 safer.
“Unfortunately there have been several wrecks at this intersection and a few fatalities, so we looked at all the options and an overpass was the best choice,” said Cari Hensley, public information officer for TxDOT Yoakum District. “It’s just a safety decision.”
TxDOT held the public meeting to show residents what the new overpass will look like, and hear their questions or concerns. While some residents agree that the intersection needs to be safer, they also believe the overpass could lead to more flooding in Nursery.
“Listening to all these people tonight, it’s going to be one giant dam once we get all this rain,” said Jeff Kyle, Nursery resident and volunteer firefighter.
“If they build this big dam, raising this overpass and stuff up, I’m going to have to build a dam around my house,” said Edward Heller, a Nursery resident for around 50 years.
Another concern of residents is whether the overpass will cause the local Cimarron Crossing to lose business.
“There will be kind of a semi-loss with just the tourism, being the only gas station from Cuero to Victoria, so we’ll see how it works out, but I’m for it,” said Rob Chaput, Nursery resident.
Despite some concerns with the overpass itself, there seems to be a consensus about making the intersection safer.
“Its 55 [mph], people still zoom through here about 80 mph,” said Chaput. “Overall it’s a good thing to save lives, but the community, I don’t know.”
TxDOT said construction of the overpass will begin this fall.