MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — The city of Manor announced on its Facebook page that the Texas Department of Transportation has decided to realign Farm to Market 973 so that it will no longer cut through the core of downtown Manor.
Currently if you take FM 973 north from State Highway 130, the road turns into Lexington Street as you move into the city. You then have to cut over and travel east onto Old Highway 20 to continue on the main lanes FM 973.
After proposing four alternative routes and hosting an open house in December, TxDOT decided to move the road east of the downtown core as the preferred alignment for FM 973.
According to the city, realigning FM 973 east of the downtown core received the most positive feedback, is the shortest route with the most direct alignment, requires the lowest estimated construction costs, minimizes impacts within the floodplain, and requires minimal displacements of homes, businesses and property.
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve mobility and connectivity and provide additional roadway capacity to meet future traffic demands due to population growth. The project would consist of four travel lanes (two in each direction) separated by a grassy median as well as including a shared-use path.
Construction is proposed to begin in 2022 contingent on environmental clearance and construction funding.