Public Meetings, Business Open House Set for Horizon Corridor Master Plan


Contact: Jennifer Wright

Phone: (915) 790-4340

Date: Jan. 23, 2019


Jan. 30, 2019; Town of Horizon City
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Business Open House
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. - Public Meeting
Oz Glaze Senior Center, 13969 Veny Webb St., Horizon City, TX 79928

Jan. 31, 2019; city of Socorro
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. - Public Meeting
Socorro City Hall/Rio Vista Complex
840 Rio Vista Rd., Socorro, TX 79927

Community members are invited to participate in the second round of public meetings for the Horizon Corridor Master Plan. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) El Paso District is developing the plan for approximately 9.4 miles of Horizon Boulevard (FM 1281) between Alameda Avenue (SH 20) in Socorro and Ascension Street in Horizon City.

The corridor, which links the communities of Horizon City, Sparks, and Socorro, is experiencing increased growth. The Corridor Master Plan has defined existing transportation challenges and opportunities along Horizon Boulevard and will evaluate possible solutions. It will also document and evaluate the community’s future vision regarding transportation, and develop a set of recommendations to enhance safety and mobility. The Corridor Master Plan will also consider drainage implications of potential improvements.

“Crash rates in the corridor are above the Texas Rural Average,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek. “While there are various proposed solutions, we have already obtained funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to add raised medians for a divided highway along the corridor.”

The meetings are the second in a series leading to recommended solutions. Identical study information will be presented at each gathering. These meetings are in an open house format with maps, plan details, and boards, and will be staffed by TxDOT and consultants ready to answer questions in English and Spanish. Businesses in the area are invited to a business open house in advance of the public meeting on Jan. 30, 2019.

“Projected population and employment growth in the area is high,” added Bielek. “It is critical that businesses and area residents provide feedback on proposed short-, mid- and long-term alternatives.”

A third round of public meetings will be scheduled before summer, and the master plan is expected to be complete in fall 2019.

Community members interested in learning more about the plans, but are not able to attend this second round of public meetings can view details and provide feedback online by visiting the TxDOT.gov website, keyword “Horizon Boulevard - FM 1281."

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