AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation is moving ahead with multiple projects after the Texas Transportation Commission recently awarded the Austin District more than $8.1 million in contracts.
The projects will replace bridges and enhance safety and mobility, as well as improve driving conditions along a number of roads. Work is expected to begin in the coming months.
"In a state as vast as Texas, it's imperative to not only have reliable roadways connecting our rural and urban citizens, but also to be diligent in designing and maintaining them with safety in mind," said Commissioner Fred Underwood, Texas Transportation Commission. "Keeping everyone safe on the road is our first priority. We must do everything we can to get the driving public safely to their destinations and home to their families at the end of the day."
On RM 967, a contract awarded to Capital Excavation Company of Austin will widen and improve the 2.6-mile section of roadway between Cole Spring Road and FM 1626 in Hays County. The $4.4 million project will add a center-turn lane and paved shoulders.
Capital Excavation also won the contract for replacing the Hays County Road 266 bridge over the San Marcos River. The bridge is located southeast of the city of San Marcos. The more than $576,000 project will replace the bridge and approaches.
In Blanco County, Angel Brothers Enterprises will replace the US 290 bridge over Rocky Creek. The bridge is east of the town of Hye. The contract is worth more than $1.3 million.
TMES of San Antonio will rebuild the Oak Grove Road bridge over the West Fork of Plum Creek in Caldwell County, at a cost of approximately $817,000.
The bridge on Llano County Road 216 will be replaced as well. The contract was awarded to Easter Construction, Inc. of San Antonio for approximately $226,000.
The commission also awarded a guardrail and safety project to 3LW Management, LLC for about $816,000. The contract calls for replacing guardrail and making culvert improvements on SH 95 in Williamson County between US 79 in Taylor and the Travis County line.
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