Plan to widen State Highway 289 north from Pottsboro
POTTSBORO, Texas (KTEN) — The Texas Department of Transportation has announced plans to expand State Highway 289 through parts of Lamar and Grayson counties.
The proposed construction would expand the two-lane road to a five-lane highway, with two lanes of traffic on either side and a continuous two-way left turn lane in the center.
The expansion would start at FM 120 in Pottsboro and would continue north to the end of state maintenance at Elks Boulevard, just over a five-mile stretch.
The project is not currently funded. TxDOT has scheduled a public meeting on November 9 for citizens to ask questions and express their concerns.
There are many businesses and homes along State Highway 289 that would lose land if the plan is put into action.
"You've got a lot of businesses that have put a lot of money into this community... people that live here over the last five years," said Pottsboro resident Sara Jerome. "You're going to displace a lot of businesses and a lot of homes."
TxDOT spokesperson Tim McAlavy encourages interested parties to attend the meeting if they have concerns. The meeting will explain what the plans are, and the department wants the public's opinion on ways they think the project could be done differently.
The open house will take place on Thursday, November 9 at the Georgetown Baptist Church gym at 207 Georgetown Road in Pottsboro. It is scheduled to run from 5 to 7 p.m.
Can't make it in person? A virtual version of the meeting will be available online.