State Hwy. 36-A coalition: you’re represented on it
By Elsa Maxey
There’s a new coalition in town. It’s called the State Highway 36-A coalition and at this point it has a board, in part founded by Fort Bend County along with Waller and Brazoria counties.
Fort Bend County Commissioners recently voted to appoint Commissioners Richard Morrison and Andy Meyers as directors to represent the county on its board and that means the interest of the taxpayers. County engineer Richard Stolleis will also serve on the founding board of the coalition as an alternate director. A second alternate from Fort Bend County will be named to the board, but the position is unfilled.
This new association founded by the three counties, according to the action taken during a commissioner’s court meeting of April 23, will advocate improvements to Highway 36 with the intention to create a new route, Hwy. 36-A. The new road will go through Fort Bend and Waller counties instead of Austin County.
State Highway 36, which is owned and maintained by the state through the Texas Department of Transportation, runs from Freeport to Abilene, which is the end or terminus of the highway extended there in 1939. Reports indicate that SH 36 has run on its current course since 1946, having undergone only minor route changes to bypass Brenham, Temple, and Freeport. Perhaps not so far in the distant future, there will be the 36-A route addition running right through Fort Bend County.
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