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Manor development on the uptick amid major expressway project

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Manor may be far from a body of water, but for years it has operated like an island.

For residents working in Austin, the distance means a long commute. The town of over 5,000 doesn't have a grocery store, but that could soon change once the Manor Expressway is completed.

The $426 million project stretches along an expanded median of Highway 290 from 183 to east of Parmer Lane.

"Lots more people moving into the area with the new housing developments off of 290," Manor resident Kathy Blankenship said."I am looking forward to the new 183 interchange being opened, and if it means paying a toll, I'll do it."

One of the many signs that Manor is developing is the town’s uptick in housing development.
According to the Manor City Manager Steve Shanks, when investors realized the tollway was going to be a reality, close to 30 homes began construction in a lot that stayed stagnate for years.

"Oh it is incredible, it's incredible, we couldn't be any more excited," Shanks said. "It is having an incredible effect. Our commercial development and the permits that we are looking at issuing right now have tripled this year over the numbers for the last two, three years combined."

The expressway will be three lanes in each direction, which promises to speed up drive time for commuters.

"Once that freeway gets opened, it is going to alleviate our congestion right here in this area, because it simply moves it," Shanks said.

The existing US Highway 290 is being widened and will remain free to travelers.

Click here for a closer look at the Manor Expressway.

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