The City of Temple is embarking on the single largest capital improvement project in its history.
A project is currently underway to expand Northwest Loop 363 from two lanes to four continuous lanes.
"Transportation is a main part of the focus for the City of Temple, for the development of our community so that we can grow both economically and for the quality of life for our citizens," Temple’s Mayor Bill Jones said.
The Northwest Loop 363 corridor runs right through the reinvestment zone, making the $50 million project an investment in Temple's transportation infrastructure.
"If trucks get bogged down, if companies see that they can't get the goods movement they need through the community, they won't come here,” Mayor Jones said. “So we have to continue to grown and we'll invest in this community."
The city will be investing $15 million in the project.
"We go into every session with a lack of funding, we creatively look for opportunities to partner with local entities with private entities to fund private infrastructure,” John Obr, TxDOT Dir. of Construction, said.
They hope to have the project finished by the time major construction begins on Interstate 35.
"This bypass that we'll have as the Northwest Loop will help accommodate that construction,” Mayor Jones said.
If the construction moves forward as scheduled, the project should be completed by 2014.