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US Business 77

Corridor Study
Products of the
Project Workshop
February 4, 2016
Scope & Schedule
Project Workshop

Business 77 Corridor History

1930s: Original US 77/81 Dallas to San Antonio Hwy

1950 Freeway section built from US 84 to Brazos River

US 84 realigned to Waco Dr

Plans to convert entire US 77/81 corridor to a freeway

1956: Establishment of Interstate Hwy System

Decision to locate IH-35 on separate alignment

1960s to 1980s

Closure of Connally AFB, General Tire

Shift of land uses to IH-35 corridor

Business 77 Current Status

Traffic Volumes below Capacity

Elm Mott to US 84 30% to 50% of capacity used

US 84 to Brazos River 15% to 20% of capacity used

Facility will require reconstruction within next


20 to 25 years

90 to 100 year old bridge structures

Business 77 Study Purpose

If reconstruction will be necessary, should we:

Rebuild with current design?

If we redesign, do we:

Create boulevard design?

Reduce structures & lane-miles for maintenance?

Improve property access?

Provide same, less or more capacity for future?

BUS 77 Corridor Study Team

Waco MPO - sponsor agency

TxDOT, Waco, Bellmead, Lacy Lakeview jurisdictions/owners

Consultant team:

Freese and Nichols - Urban Planners and Engineers

Toole Design Group - Urban Planners

Catalyst Commercial Development Economists

CD&P Public Involvement

Project Schedule
Project Workshop Charette Feb 1-4

Public Workshop Charette Process

What We HeardWhat you want on the corridor:

Emerging Features

Boulevard

Access control

Special use parallel roads

Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations

Roadway network enhancement

Special intersection treatments

Boulevard Sections

Four travel lanes, mostly

Wide or tight median

Retain center drainage, as needed

Landscape/xeriscape some median areas

Trails or shoulder lanes, as needed

Keep some parallel roads

Access Control

Left turn bays in median

Formalize driveways

Driveway consolidation if possible

Retain key parallel service roads

Enhance parallel Old Dallas Road

Special Use Parallel Roads

Convert to 1-way

Add parking, as needed

Add pedestrian
amenities, as needed

At industrial, convert
ownership and
maintenance

Roadway Network Enhancements

Key modifications to enhance operations

Paralleling roadway enhancements

Changing travel patterns

Special Intersection Treatments

Bring multi-level intersections back to grade

Waco Drive

Orchard Lane

Consider modern roundabouts at key locations

Orchard Lane

Waco Drive

Loop 340

Modern Roundabouts

Perform as good of
better than signals
under certain traffic
conditions

Create a less intense


traffic operation

Can denote transition


between character zone

Modern
Roundabouts
In Context

Mini-Traffic
Circle

Traffic Circle

Modern
Roundabout

Before:
Traffic Circle

Worcester, MA

After:
Roundabout

Worcester, MA

LaSalle Ave/Marlin Hwy Interchange

LaSalle Ave/Marlin Hwy Interchange

Marlin Hwy & Orchard Lane

ORCHARD

SOUTH LOOP
US BUS 77

SOUTH LOOP

Marlin Hwy & Orchard Lane


ORCHARD

SOUTH LOOP

US BUS 77

SOUTH LOOP

I-35 to Waco Drive

I-35 to Waco Drive

Potts Interchange

US
B

US
77

US BUS 77

WACO DR
(US 84)

Potts Interchange

US
7

US BUS 77

US
B

HI
LL

WACO DR
(US 84)

SB
OR
O

US BUS 77
RD

Lakeshore Gateway

Lakeshore Gateway

Lakeshore Gateway

LOOP
3

40 (E
B)

US BUS 77

LOOP 340 (WB)

PE

OLD DALLAS ROAD

V
RE

D
ER
ER

N
CA

LN

LOO
P

340

LOP 340 (EB)

(WB
)

Lakeshore Gateway

V
RE

ER
ER

US BUS 77

N
CA
PE

LN

OLD DALLAS RD
REMNANT RD
REM
NAN
TR
LOOP
3

40

LOOP 340

Craven Avenue

US BUS 77

EN
AV
CR

Craven Avenue

US BUS 77

EN
AV
CR

Crest Drive (FM 2417)

US BUS 77

T
ES
CR

Crest Drive (FM 2417)

US BUS 77

T
ES
CR

Character Zones -> Illustrative Design


Character Zones

Composite Programming

Master Planning

Concept Visualization

Project Development Stages


Corridor
Study

MTP
inclusion

Illustrative Design

Environmental

Partnerships
Programs
Bonds

Design
Schematics
Final Design
PS&E

Phased
Priority

TIP/STIP
inclusion
Identify

ROW/utility
relocation
Construction

Table Discussions

These are just concepts

Ask questions

How would concepts affect you?

How can they be improved?

For more information and to leave comments:


mpo@wacotx.gov

Please give us your comments by February 19.

Project Schedule