Houston county chairman Mark Culver says the state and county have been talking about swapping roads for the past couple of years.
And Tuesday, this project was approved.
Brannon stand road has gotten a lot busier over the past couple of years.
Having almost ten thousand cars travel on it a day, got the county thinking.
“We have felt for many years the Brannon Stand because of the traffic because it runs into another county is more like a state road than highway 95.” Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said.
Houston County has been working for several years with the state department of transportation on the idea of giving Brannon Stand Road, which is a county road, to the state.
And then taking state road 95 in exchange and making it a county road.
“The swap is mainly Brannon Stand road but it’s actually county road 59 all the way to county road 203 all the way down to the state line. The state will take over there from midland city down to the state line.” Culver said
The county is excited about this swap.
“It will save the county money long term and I think it will put the road in a better position to be served by the state.” Culver said.
But county officials aren’t the only ones who like the plan.
“In the future its going to be great i think it will bring a lot more traffic and commerce through here and that’s always a good thing. Exposure is what a business has to have.” Smokey Joe’s owner Kevin Hughes said.
When the state takes over Brannon Stand Road, semi trucks will be allowed to use the road.
And more traffic could mean a wider road.
“We would hope somewhere down the road that Brannon Stand Road would warrant a four lane road all the way through the county.”Culver said.
But Culver says we will have to see what state plans are before that can be figured out.
Culver says although the project has been approved, the documents have not been.
But we will be sure to update you when we find out that information.