I had the great pleasure of attending the Thomas Drive flyover project public information meeting this evening. I said public information, but there really wasn’t much information to get. I found out the Thomas Drive flyover project consists of three phases, the first of which is already completed, the second will service the west-bound traffic and will cost an estimated $30 to $40 million and phase three will be less than $20 million and will take care of getting motorists onto Thomas Drive. The planning is done, but there is no funding in place for phase two or phase three and there is nothing on the drawing board for securing this funding. I was told that the need assessment has been completed but that there is limited state funds for projects such as this and this project is not top priority. And that’s it.
I did however get to see some pictures of the 23rd street flyover, but I was unable to take some pictures. I was told that I would be sent aerials of the project plans. I was also told that the first phase of the project will begin soon.