The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 15 in Anna to discuss proposed improvements to State Highway 5 from SH 121 to CR 375 in the cities of Melissa, Anna and Van Alstyne.

The meeting will be held at Anna Middle School, 1201 North Powell Parkway, in Anna from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The stated purpose of the public meeting "is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments" according to a TxDOT press release The proposed project would widen the aforementioned section of SH5 from a two-lane, undivided rural roadway to a four-lane divided urban roadway with an 18-foot to 42-foot wide raised central median (with ultimately a six-lane configuration from SH 211 to FM 455 in Anna) for approximately nine miles. The proposed roadway would also include 12-foot and five- to six-foot wide sidewalks in each direction. TxDOT’s purpose of the project is to reduce congestion and increase mobility. The proposed improvements would potentially require approximately 40 acres of right-of-way and 0.1 acres for a proposed drainage easement. Twelve private, seven commercial and two publicly-owned structures would potentially be displaced as a result of the proposed project.

Maps showing the proposed project’s location and geometric design will be available for viewing at the public meeting. This information will also be available for viewing at the TxDOT Collin County Area Office at 2205 South SH 5 in McKinney from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this public meeting. Written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and will be accepted for a period of 10 calendar days following the meeting and may be submitted in person or by mail to Mike Renfrow, P.E. at the TxDOT Dallas District Office at 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, Tx. 75150-6643. Written comments must be postmarked by Friday, July 25, 2014 to be included in the public meeting summary.