"Judge questions downtown parking" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners heard an update on the City of Bay City’s downtown signal and left-turning lane plan changes during their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 5.
   The plans cite signal changes along Texas 35 and Texas 60 with turning lanes added at the Ave L, Cottonwood, Sixth, and Eighth Street intersections for both major highways
   “Before the city takes action and shares its thoughts with TxDOT, we wanted to inform you and get your input for the possible project,” said Bay City City manager Shawna Burkhart.
    “The plan is to improve traffic congestion downtown with upgraded signals and to add left-turn detection along with left lanes,” added TxDOT Area Engineer Ryan Simper.
   “The advantage with these changes is that it actually detects vehicles there at the light rather than relying on timing.”
   County Judge Nate McDonald asked if downtown business owners had been polled about the options and expressed concerns for the loss of parking spaces from the projects.
   “We’ll have to take some space from each side to keep the centerline the same,” added Simper.
   Simper explained that to add a turning lane to those areas, six feet of space would be taken from parking on both sides of the road to accommodate the new left turn lane.
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