Waco: City Expected to Dish Out More Dollars for Baylor Stadium Road Project

WACO (March 18, 2013) -- It's only a matter of time before Baylor Bear fans travel from far near and far to cheer their team on at the new stadium.

In two year's time they're expected to spend millions at local hotels and shops boosting the city revenue.

But, it's going to cost the city at least $2.2 million dollars more upfront to reap those benefits.

The city of Waco along with the Texas Department of Transportation plans to extend and expand Martin Luther King Junior Drive to four lanes.

That road, also known as loop 574, will run from Interstate 35 east past the stadium and connecting with Highway 77.

The city will pay to relocate the utilities along the route along with some construction costs and some of that money the city voluntarily put up to get the project started sooner.

Larry Groth, city manager, " With as tight as the state and federal funds were, we need to leverage some funds so we offered to leverage some city funds with state funds to get the project moving."

According to TxDot, the ultimate plan is for Loop 574 eventually connect with Highway 6, however, there is no funding for that part of the project yet.

Officials expects to start construction sometime this summer and finish around the time the stadium opens in 2014.

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