US 281 Safety Improvements Coming to Southern Burnet County


Contact: Diann Hodges

Phone: (512) 832-7060

Date: April 15, 2020


AUSTIN – Safety improvements to US 281, between SH 71 and the Burnet/Blanco County line in southern Burnet County, are being accelerated by a year, thanks to grant funding secured by TxDOT.

The work will add wider travel lanes, a continuous center-turn lane and paved shoulders which will enhance safety along the high-speed roadway. The improvements were set to begin in late 2021, but TxDOT, working in coordination with Burnet County, secured safety funds to accelerate the project by a year. Construction is now anticipated to begin in winter 2020.

“This is really good news at a time when good news has been hard to find,” said Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County Commissioner, Precinct 4. “This is an important safety project and I appreciate TxDOT finding a way to expedite it.”

Currently, this 2.5-mile section of US 281 is a four-lane undivided road, with two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction. The improved roadway will feature five lanes, with four 12-foot lanes, one 14-foot center-turn lane, and 10-foot shoulders on both sides.

“The improvements will provide more space between vehicles and allow drivers who wish to turn left a safe place to do so out of the regular traffic lanes,” said Cathy Kratz, TxDOT Burnet area engineer. “In addition, the shoulders will allow motorists a place to pull over, in case of an emergency.”

TxDOT is funding the $5.6 million construction through its safety grant program.

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