Community and city leaders gathered to open the new section of 14th Street on Thursday morning in Midlothian. The new segment alleviates traffic congestion and gives residents an alternate route.
City Manager Chris Dick stated the road extension provides a much needed north and south corridor for the community.
“We are very excited. It connects our community park easily with the rest of the community,” Dick said. “We also hope it provides a good relief point from FM 663. There is a lot of traffic along that roadway. It is going to be a great connector. It is just going to grow over time as we expand it in the future to four lanes.”
Dick said it is exciting to see the street finished and open to the public.
The City of Midlothian now moves toward completion of the next section of 14th Street, which will complete runs from Ashford to McAplin Road. The engineering on that four-lane section of roadway is complete. The project is set to be finished in July. The city looks to extend 14th Street to FM 875 in the future.
Mayor Bill Houston stated the project is the columniation of the work of many people and is happy with the result. He noted the road would provide access to some of the city's newest development such as Kroger.
Cammy Jackson, Midlothian Chamber of Commerce President, stated it is great to celebrate a milestone.
“I think that it is great that people came together for this. This road is something that people have been asking for a long time. Midlothian is growing so big and so fast,” Jackson said. “Google Earth shows this as a little driveway. It is cool to see it as a road now.”
Resident Tommy Blake echoed the excitement shared by others.
“I think that it is phenomenal to relieve some of the pressure over here on FM 663. It connects our community together,” Blake said. “For everyone that lives south of town, it will help them get to the football games and the stadium here.”