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12/15/2004 - Tyler

East Texas Gets 116 Million To Improve Roads

The Texas Department of Transportation today announced that it had approved more than 116 million dollars for projects on East Texas highways. The funding is part of a 600 million dollar statewide project that will pay for safety improvements on hundreds of miles of Texas highways.

The money is earmarked for four types of safety projects:

-- A widening of nearly 16-hundred miles of narrow two-lane roadways to at least 24 feet. The projects will focus on rural areas

-- Installing 740 miles of concrete or cable safety barriers in the medians of divided highways to reduce the number of head-on collisions

-- Constructing left turn lanes at 171 highway intersections to reduce the number of rear-end crashes

-- Building ten highway overpasses to improve traffic flow and lower the number and severity of accidents

The projects are being funded through a three billion dollar bond package approved by Texas voters in 2003.

Here is how the funds were allocated in East Texas Counties:

Smith County-40.6 million

Gregg County-17 million

Cherokee County-5.6 million

Anderson County-9.7 million

Rusk County-12.2 million

Van Zandt County-20.2 million

Wood County-10.1 million

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2005.

Clint Yeatts Reporting.

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