HERO Program Expansion Leads Contracts Approved by Texas Transportation Commission

Contact: Brad Wheelis

Phone: (512) 832-7060

Date: July 12, 2018

AUSTIN – Stranded motorists will soon be able to take advantage of the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) patrol service program on weekends. During its June meeting, the Texas Transportation Commission approved an additional $2.1 million dollars to expand the program to seven days a week on I-35.

In addition to the expanded hours, the HERO program is adding two trucks as well as a dedicated debris removal trailer to help clear crash scenes in a safe and efficient manner. A second trailer will be added to handle lane closures that last beyond two hours.

A section of I-35 in Williamson County will be getting a makeover of sorts. The commission approved $1.5 million for landscaping and irrigation from Lakeway Drive to SH 195.

Three paving projects also got the green light from the commission.

  • SH 71 in Travis County, from the Pedernales River to just west of Arroyo Canyon Drive
  • FM 972 in Williamson County, from just east of FM 1105 to SH 95
  • RM 963 in Burnet County, from FM 1174 to US 183

The cost for all three projects is $20.5 million

Finally, local airports will see some improvements soon. The commission approved $458,400 for engineering and design for pavement improvements at the Georgetown Municipal Airport. The commission also approved $175,000 for design and engineering for paving and electrical improvements at the Giddings-Lee County Airport.


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