TxDOT, Partners Break Ground to Divide Next Leg of US 290 East in Lee County

Contact: Brad Wheelis

Phone: (512) 832-7060

Date: May 29, 2019

LEE COUNTY — The Texas Department of Transportation was joined today by officials from Lee County and the city of Giddings to kick off construction of a widening project for US 290 East. The project is one of several underway that will complete a 4-lane divided section of US 290 in Bastrop and Lee counties.

“This project helps us achieve the ultimate goal to divide US 290 from Elgin to Giddings,” TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said. “The final product will not only benefit local traffic but those who travel from Austin to Houston and back.”

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

“This is the beginning of a great new safety effort,” said Lee County Judge Paul Fischer. “It took a team to make it happen. A big thanks to TxDOT.”

The $28.3 million project is funded by TxDOT. The contractor is Big Creek Construction LTD. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2021, weather permitting.

There are two additional projects underway to divide US 290 from Elgin to Giddings. The McDade and Paige projects are in Bastrop County.


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