City may want TxDOT help for Grant

first_img City may want TxDOT help for Grant Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Local News Previous articleJerry Gilliam.jpgNext articleMother of 7 earns high school diploma Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img NEW City of Odessa logo wide USE THIS ONE Many would consider Odessa’s roadways to be a critical issue for the city, and for the city, one of those roadways happens to belong to the Texas Department of Transportation.Grant Avenue is the main thoroughfare through downtown Odessa, but it’s more than just a small main street, it’s a part of U.S. Highway 385, a 1,206 mile-long road running from Big Bend to South Dakota. So while the city may be interested in fixing or reworking that road as part of their downtown revitalization efforts.There are two major projects the city is looking at for Grant Avenue, running from 10th Street to Second Street, and Second Street to I-20, that would cost the city about $22 million together. But why would the city look at spending so much money on a road they don’t actually own? City Manager Michael Marrero said that may not be the way they go about it.“I think our intent is to find some way that we can enhance that section of the road, but I think from our conversation on Friday that perhaps the better way to approach that is to see if we can do that in conjunction with TxDOT,” Marrero said.There’s also the alternative option of the city taking that piece of Grant Avenue from TxDOT, leaving the city responsible for its maintenance and upkeep. But Odessa District of TxDOT Spokesman Gene Powell said the city hasn’t shown interest in this option in the past. Part of the issue, Marrero said, is that TxDOT may require the city to take a larger part of Grant Avenue than they may want, all the way from Second Street to Kermit Highway.“What the discussion has always centered around is whether or not that was the right option,” Marrero said about taking the road from TxDOT. “There was always a question as to whether or not it is better to do something on our own or is it a better idea to work with them at some point to improve that road to help enhance what they are doing.”As far as what they’re doing now, Powell said they had a rehabilitation project coming up in the next couple of years, but nothing like what the city has discussed, like the possibility of narrowing the roadway to two lanes for a more pedestrian-friendly downtown. Something like that as it stands would require TxDOT approval, but Powell said there’s no way to predict right now what the outcome would be. Marrero said that decision would require much more discussion in the city before a decision like narrowing Grant Avenue was made as well, not just with TxDOT, but with people who work and own businesses downtown, and said it was just an idea at this point, much like the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center was at one point just an idea.District 4 City Council Member Tom Sprawls said he would like to see figures before the city voted on something like taking Grant Avenue from TxDOT, and said if he were asked at this moment he would say no. He also added he thought TxDOT would never let the city do something like narrow Grant Avenue due to its status as a major highway.At-Large Council Member Peggy Dean said improvements or updates to Grant Avenue could certainly be a project to look at in the future, but said she would rather spend money right now on roads more critical, like Faudree Road. The city is currently looking at a possible project for a widening and full depth reconstruction of Faudree Road that could cost about $19.7 million. She also said she wouldn’t want to take Grant Avenue from the state while there are so many other projects the city is looking at.“It is not a priority in my mind yet,” Dean said. “But long term for this town, definitely.” WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook TAGS  last_img read more

ZENITH BASKETBALL LEAGUE: Coaches Lament Heavy Defeats in Second Phase

first_imgTwo coaches of women basketball teams have bemoaned the heavy defeats suffered by their teams in the second phase of the Zenith Bank-powered Women’s Basketball League which started in four centres at the weekend.In the first round of games at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, which is for South West centre, Ogun Babes lost 110-30 to First Bank basketball team. The whopping 80-point win did not go down well with coach Peter Akindele, who led the Ogun State team to the competition.In the second match, Ogun Babes also lost by 60 points (90-30) to Dolphins. The story was not different for coach Sandy Aina and the Oluyole Babes as they lost 104-31 against Dolphins basketball team.Aina bemoaned the 73-point defeat of her team. Only yesterday, First Bank also defeated Oluyole Babes 95-23. It was a 72-point win for the defending champions.Coach Akindele of Ogun Babes said: “We only came with 10 players and most of them are still in secondary school but because of the time they fixed this event, they are not able to make it.“We had problems with training because we don’t really have more time to train; we never knew when they were going to fix the start of the second phase. Our players did their best because we played against the best teams in the country.”Coach Aina of the Oluyole Babes said losing to First Bank and Dolphin was not strange because of the strength of these two teams.“Actually, the games were so interesting but we can’t compare ourselves with the teams we played against in terms of everything. The players did their best, it’s either one wins or one loses. I have told the players not to think too much about it as we should think about the next game.In Akure, the South East centre, Deepwater earned 20 walk-over points as Coal City team did not show up for the match.Action continues today in Ibadan, Akure, Zaria and Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more