Project to promote safer turns
FREDERICKSBURG — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Allen Keller Co. are starting a project to make US 290 in Gillespie County safer for all travelers. Work should begin in the next 10 days on a new 14-foot wide continuous turn lane and four-foot shoulders that will make it safer for drivers on the busy stretch of highway between Jung Lane and Dusty Farm Lane.
Crews will initially reduce the current four-lane configuration (two lanes each direction) to one lane in each direction and a continuous left turn lane in the middle. This will provide enough room for the contractor to safely widen the culverts and pavement. When complete, this portion of US 290 will have five lanes with two lanes each direction and a continuous left turn lane in the center. The work is expected to take six months to complete.
“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.”
This $3,199,722 project will tie directly into a similar project under construction further east between Jenschke Lane and Jung Lane, and provide protection for left turns from just west of Stonewall to near RM 1376.
Motorists should drive with caution through this work zone and provide themselves a little extra time to accommodate possible delays.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.