Mayor Melvin Browning, on the urging of several Manila and area residents, has scheduled a town meeting to discuss the possible routing of Highway 18 when it is widened. It could follow the existing route, other possibilities include going south along Highway 77, then turning west to the Big Lake bridge, officials have said.
Manila citizens and area residents are encouraged to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Manila City Hall to express their views. If members of the community and the city council can agree on what would be best for Manila and present a unified consensus on the routing it could have some influence on the routing, Browning stressed. If there is agreement on the routing, a meeting could possibly be set up with representatives of the highway department.
Browning said Senator Steve Bryles has listened to opinions of area residents in regard to the routing and said he will be glad to help in any way he can if there is a community consensus on the route. Rep. Marvin Childress has been helpful to Manila on several instances, and likewise would help Manila citizens in any way he can.
Discussions would include the routing of 18, and the designation of the 18-business route, as well as the possibility of an 18-spur.