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Texarkana votes down bonds for highway 82 project

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Controversy continues to surface over a road project in Bowie County, Texas.
    
On Monday, Texarkana, Texas city council members voted 4 to 2 against funding bonds that would pay to relocate and upsize a water line along Highway 82.
    
The city manager told the council that they could face a possible lawsuit if the water line is not moved by September 1st.  
    
County officials say Texarkana Water Utilities and the City of Texarkana, Texas is responsible for moving the water line.
    
Meanwhile, city council members voted unanimously on an inter local agreement to work with other cities to find funding solutions for the project.  

Texarkana, Texas city officials say they're concerned the road project in Bowie County, Texas could end up costing taxpayers more money on their future water utility bills.

Residents voted to widen Highway 82 between New Boston and Malta, but now their is some controversy over who will absorb the costs of relocating and up sizing a water line.
    
City Manager John Whitson says the county is already moving a trail near the project and could possibly help with some of the work.

"We could coordinate very closely with the county crew and accomplish the installation of the water line at the same time while they are moving the trail," said Whitson. There's some cost advantages of doing the work together."

The Northeast Texas Trail (NETT) is a partially completed rail-trail conversion, stretching 130 miles across six counties and 19 towns, from Farmersville to New Boston, Texas.
    
The Highway 82 project is set to begin work by mid-Summer.

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