LCR 174 to stay open, commissioners decide

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Limestone County residents Dan Harrison and Troy and Donna Gayden explain to Limestone County commissioners why they oppose the closing of LCR 174 at a public hearing on the subject Monday, Aug. 11. Shown here, clockwise from bottom left, are County Commissioner John McCarver, Executive Assistant Lori Moore, Harrison, County Clerk Peggy Beck, Troy and Donna Gayden, County Engineer Ted Kantor, Commissioner Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioner William ‘Pete’ Kirven. Present but not shown is Commissioner Bobby Forrest. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Three residents who live near LCR 174 showed up to a public hearing on its closure Monday, bringing with them a petition from others in the area to keep the road open. Though Limestone County commissioners had appeared to be prepared to close the road before the meeting, after the residents argued they use the road regularly, the court agreed to keep it open.
LCR 174 lies west of Mexia and north of U.S. 84, about halfway between Prairie Hill and Coolidge. It runs northwest to southeast, from LCR 150 to FM 73, a distance of 1.4 miles.
Austin businessman Henry Tippie, who reportedly owns 33,000 acres in Limestone County, requested the closure through Pct. 2 Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven.
The county closed LCR 362 in July at Tippie’s request, but that was a short dead-end road, and Tippie owned the land on both sides of it.

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