By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
WHAT: Saltillo Transportation Enhancement Program public meeting
WHEN: 6 p.m. today
WHERE: Saltillo City Hall, 395 Mobile Street
INFORMATION: (662) 869-5431
SALTILLO – Saltillo residents today can learn more about the city’s proposed road-work program, STEP, before an Aug. 14 special election to raise taxes for its funding.
The public forum begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall to provide details about the three road projects selected by the Saltillo Transportation Enhancement Program committee.
Residents can speak directly with STEP committee members, engineers and city officials about the projects’ potential impacts to their neighborhoods. They also can get an individualized estimate of how much their property taxes will increase if voters approve the 8-mill levy.
“This is just a chance for people to get more information and ask any questions they have,” said city Alderman Mitchell Brezeal, adding that some residents have had misconceptions about the proposed projects and what they would mean for property owners.
In April, the Board of Aldermen had picked three projects from a list of more than a dozen compiled by the STEP committee.
Those projects, in order of priority, and their estimated costs are:
* Improve traffic flow at the Mobile Street and Cartwright Avenue intersection by adding a turning lane from Mobile onto Cartwright: $142,000.
* Widen Highway 145 to five lanes in the area near the Highway 45 intersection and McDonald’s: between $550,000 and $620,000.
* Widen Highway 145 from Mobile Street to Hill Street to three lanes: $1.5 million.