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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