Loop 322 construction beginning this week

POSTED: 9:39 AM Oct 21 2013   UPDATED: 8:30 AM Oct 22 2013
ABILENE, Texas -

This week marks the beginning of the newest TxDot project. Loop 322 is getting a makeover to include pavement surfacing, ramp modifications, turnarounds at major intersections and some sidewalk construction.

Drivers will have to use only the inside lanes nearest the freeway in their daily commute. The project consist of converting more than two miles of frontage roads to from two-ways to one-ways.

Residents like Dawna Price are excited about construction because she doesn't like all the traffic through the area, "If it improves well it's good. We're getting a lot of traffic here. We moved out 24 years ago and there was nothing and we're getting a lot of traffic out here."

Other residents, like Peter Beagle, don't want to have to take alternate routes to work and home, "We're gonna get increased traffic on streets that we don't have, that we don't usually have traffic on. I've lived on this street for five years, kinda nice to come down here to Stripes and turn around and go back home and not have to add extra mileage."

TxDot plans for the project to be complete in the summer of 2014.