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Westside 7-Eleven torn down as FM 3099 improvement project moves forward

Westside 7-Eleven torn down as FM 3099 improvement project moves forward
March 26
10:20 2022

By Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Crews were at work this week tearing down the old 7-Eleven convenience store building on the west side of Breckenridge at the corner of U.S. Highway West 180 and FM 3099. The building is being removed to make way for a Texas Department of Transportation project to improve safety at the intersection of FM 3099 and U.S. Highway 180 West, which is in the vicinity of Walmart, Tractor Supply, and the old 7-Eleven.

The building was built in 1984 by Tommy Wimberley, who operated it as a TCO Gas and Go convenience store until it was sold to Skinny’s in 1991. Skinny’s later sold it to 7-Eleven. In 1985, Wimberley also built a second TCO Gas and Go convenience store on the east side of Breckenridge, which was also sold to Skinny’s and later to 7-Eleven; that store is still open.

The 0.826-mile project will include work on FM 3099 from Northglen Road, which is just less than half a mile north of U.S. Highway 180 West, to 0.2 miles south of the highway, which is approximately to CR 223. Currently, FM 3099 is disjointed, and to travel on FM 3099 across U.S. Highway 180, drivers must turn onto the highway and travel about 200 feet before turning back onto the farm road.

According to information from TxDOT, the proposed project involves realigning an intersection to match the northern intersection of FM 3099. That will involve work to the south of U.S. 180 on FM 3099 for approximately 0.2 miles and include less than 1.7 acres of new right of way. From just north of U.S. 180 on FM 3099, work will include rebuilding driveways and resurfacing the roadway for approximately 0.4 miles to Northglen Road. Work on U.S. 180 will include construction for approximately 800 feet to the west of current southern intersection and 850 feet to the east of the current intersection to allow for restriping, constructing a right-turn lane, replacing culverts and adding sidewalks.

The cost of the project is estimated at approximately $1.7 million. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring or summer of 2023, according to information on the TxDOT website.

For more details about the project, click here to visit the TxDOT project notice, including the plan layout and environmental documentation.

 

Cutline, top photo: Workers use tractors on Wednesday to take down the old 7-Eleven on West Walker as part of a TxDOT project to improve the intersection of FM 3099 and U.S. Highway 180 West. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 

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