Hallsville, New Boston receive funds for safer pedestrian, bicyclist access


The Texas Transportation Commission approved $24 million in January for 30 projects across the state that will build safer pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructure with two of those projects in Hallsville and New Boston.

In Hallsville, the project name is Hallsville SUP Improvements, and will construct a shared use pedestrian and bike path along Cider Lane from U.S.-80 to Cal Young Road. The improvements will connect Hallsville High School with residential and commercial zones. Federal funding will come from Transportation Alternatives.

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In New Boston, the project name is SRTS Downtown Sidewalks, and the aim is to construct a sidewalk along South Elm Street, North Elm Street, West Lion Drive, Northeast Front Street, and North Ellis Street to include curb ramps, pedestrian crossing markings, and a pedestrian bridge over a channel. The project will connect New Boston High School with Tapp Park, the Northeast Texas Trail, and the downtown area. Federal funding will also come from Transportation Alternatives.

Transportation Alternatives is one of two federal programs part of the $24 million. The Transportation Alternatives includes projects that enhance bike and pedestrian safety, provide other transportation options to school and work, along with commercial and downtown areas. There are 18 projects the Texas Transportation Commission approved under this category, which go to rural or small urban areas, and are valued at $15.8 million.