Public meeting on U.S. 82 options set in Nocona Feb. 1

A Feb. 1 public meeting in Nocona will explore plans to extend a divided four-lane highway from Nocona west to Henrietta along U.S. Highway 82.
The meeting, presented by the Texas Department of Transportation, will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Nocona Community Center, 912 W. U.S. Highway 82.
TxDOT officials will be present at the meetings, which has an open house come-and-go format.
Some of the options in the plans include a bypass around Nocona and Henrietta. A public hearing was conducted in Henrietta on Tuesday.
Montague County Commissioners have sent a letter urging TxDOT to drop any bypass option around Nocona.

Nocona entities including the city, school board and economic development corporation, are preparing similar letters.
At a preliminary meeting with local elected officials, TxDOT staff said this is the best chance for funding the highway project since the early 1980s when the first half of the highway was done.
The original proposal was a four-lane highway from Gainesville to Henrietta; however, once it got through the Nocona city limits it stalled and never started again.