TxDOT, Partners Break Ground to Divide and Conquer Next US 290 East Project

Contact: Diann Hodges

Phone: (512) 832-7027

Date: Jan. 31, 2019

BASTROP COUNTY — The Texas Department of Transportation was joined today by officials from Senator Kirk Watson’s office and Bastrop County to kick off construction of a widening project for US 290 East. The project, known as the gap project, will complete the final 4-lane divided section of US 290 between Elgin and Paige.

“The ultimate goal of this corridor project is to divide US 290 from Elgin to Giddings, and this project is a major step toward making that happen,” TxDOT Austin Deputy District Engineer Kevin Dickey said. “Together these projects will improve safety and mobility for folks not only in Bastrop and Lee counties, but those traveling through from Austin to Houston as well.”

A grassy median with a cable barrier will separate new eastbound lanes from the westbound lanes along an 8-mile stretch of US 290. Inside and outside shoulders will also be added.

“The folks of Bastrop County are mighty thankful that TxDOT is here today with a plan to fill this gap,” said Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape. “We are so grateful for what you’re doing here today. I’m proud to be a partner with you.”

The $34.4 million gap project is funded by TxDOT. The contractor is Angel Brothers. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2021, weather permitting.

Two additional projects will divide US 290 East from Paige to Giddings. Construction is expected to start this spring on the first project with the second one getting underway summer 2019.


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