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Transportation Commission Approves Funding for Abilene Frontage Road Projects

In an ongoing effort to improve safety and relieve congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved $8.3 million for two projects to convert two-way frontage roads to one-way operation in Abilene.
In an ongoing effort to improve safety and relieve congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved $8.3 million for two projects to convert two-way frontage roads to one-way operation in Abilene.

Contract Paving Co. of Tye was awarded a $4.2 million contract to convert the frontage roads along Loop 322 from Lytle Creek to Maple Street. J.H. Strain & Sons, Inc., of Tye was awarded a $4.1 million contract for a similar project on US 83 from Canyon Rock Road to FM 707. Work will also include ramp modifications, turnarounds at major intersections and some sidewalk construction. Start dates for the projects have not been set, but construction is expected to be under way by the end of the year. Once work begins, each project will take about 18 months to complete.

“As Texas roadways become increasingly crowded, we must find ways to relieve congestion without compromising safety,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Keeping travelers moving safely and efficiently will continue to be an ongoing priority as Texas welcomes nearly 1,000 newcomers each day.”

“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.”

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