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SH 71 Overpass at SH 95 Reaches Milestone
Contact: Diann Hodges
Phone: (512) 832-7027
Date: May 5, 2017

BASTROP – A major milestone to improve safety and mobility on State Highway 71 has been reached. This week, drivers on SH 71 on the east side of Bastrop were switched to the newly constructed two-lane frontage roads at the SH 95 intersection, as part of the new SH 71 overpass project.

The move allows crews to begin work on the new four-lane SH 71 bridge over SH 95. Work on either side of the SH 71/SH 95 intersection will continue for the next two weeks as crews work to reconstruct the intersection and open the new U-turns to traffic.

"This milestone brings us one step closer to upgrading the highway and removing the traffic signals from Austin all the way through Bastrop," said Diana Schulze, TxDOT Bastrop Area Engineer. "This project will relieve traffic congestion and improve safety, which is essential for our economy and our quality of life."

Hunter Industries began the $16.5 million project in June 2016. Full project completion is expected to occur in summer 2018, weather permitting.  

Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
  • Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may be only a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Be patient. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
  • Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.

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