$11.7 million in new road projects on the way for the Austin area
AUSTIN – Several projects to keep highways safe and attractive are the newest contracts approved for the 11-county Austin District. The Texas Transportation Commission recently approved bids for 10 projects and contracts worth almost $12 million.
In Bastrop, crews will upgrade and improve the intersection of SH 21 and Loop 150 to make it safer for drivers, both at the intersection and for traffic heading to Bastrop State Park. Jimmy Evans Company won the $286,000 contract, which starts later this year and is expected to last about two months.
In Burnet County, US 281 will be converted to a Super 2 highway between Burnet and Lampasas counties. The $3.6 million contract will reduce the highway to one lane in each direction with alternating passing lanes, dedicated turn lanes, and shoulders. This is designed to reduce run-off-the-road crashes and rear-end collisions. Angel Brothers Construction is expected to start the three-month project later this summer.
Angel Brothers also won an $894,000 contract to repair and resurface SH 95 in Taylor. The work will stretch from Second Street in downtown to T.H. Johnson Drive on the north side of the city and take about two months to complete. Work should begin later this year.
US 290 in Hays County is getting a new driving surface. Dean Word Company won a $2.3 million contract to repair and rehabilitate the highway between Crow Ranch Road and the Travis County line. Expect work to start this summer and last about two months.
Driving on SH 29 through Georgetown will be smoother when Lone Star Paving completes a $1.3 million repaving on 4.7 miles of highway between I-35 and the Georgetown Inner Loop. Work is expected to begin later this year and should take about two months to complete.
Also in the Georgetown area, Austin Materials has a $678,000 contract to resurface RM 2243 between Norwood Street and Spur 26 (Austin Avenue). Work should take about six weeks and is scheduled to begin later this year. Once completed, the highway will feature the newest thin overlay asphalt designed by TxDOT engineers.
Regular highway maintenance can be as important as new construction. SCR Civil Construction will repair and replace bridge joints in Travis County. The $581,000 contract should last about three months and focus on I-35.
Signs need repair when the reflective surface is damaged, faded or the information is outdated. The Levy Company won a two-year contract worth $515,000 to replace large signs along I-35.
Austin Traffic Signal Construction will be maintaining and upgrading traffic signals, as needed. The two-year contract will focus on the I-35 corridor at a cost of $646,000.
The frequent rains since last summer have spurred grass and wildflower growth along the highways in the area. Cen-Tex Irrigation Systems is taking over mowing along highway roadsides in Caldwell, Hays and Travis counties. The contract cost $865,000, and the work will begin this summer, after the wildflowers have gone to seed.
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