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Future of Midland: Moving Railroad, Freeway, New Loop

The future of the city of Midland might include rerouting the railroad, a new loop and a freeway downtown.
The future of the city of Midland might include rerouting the railroad, a new loop and a freeway downtown.

City leaders recently put together a plan that would address a population growth reaching 200,000 people by the year 2030.

“An inner loop which is Loop 250 and then an outer loop which would basically start with Nadine and Tom Craddick tying to fairgrounds to Front Street all the way to 1788 so it gives us an outer loop,” said Mayor Jerry Morales.

But in order to do that, city employees are exploring the possibilities of moving the railroad.

“As part of that 30 year plan we've looked at the possibility of working with the railroad company to relocate the rail road,” said city manager Courtney Sharp.

The railroad move would make room for a future freeway.

“We talked about taking the railroad track and moving it south of interstate 20 and turning Front Street into a freeway so you have an East to West corridor that would take the traffic to our outer loops,” Morales said.

And all of these plans would address the population.

“The majority of our current population lives inside the loop and so if you want to accommodate additional growth it's naturally going to have to be outside the loop,” Sharp said.

A future and growth that city employees are already preparing for.

“It's a challenge,” Sharp said. “But it's a good challenge to have.”

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