CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
COTTONWOOD SHORES — Taking a trip along RR 2147 West will take motorists a bit longer as road crews reduce traffic to one lane, alternating traffic flow to work on a turn-lane project, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Concerns about close calls as vehicles enter and exit businesses and the Cottonwood Shores entryway prompted the approximate $1.6 million project on 2147.
Considered a main thoroughfare to and from the Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores areas in Burnet County, the state-owned roadway also functions as a corridor to the communities of Blue Lake, Deer Haven, Oakridge, Llano and Sunrise Beach in Llano County.
Surveys showed 7,700 vehicles per day use the stretch of roadway, according to TxDOT.
“We have almost completed putting in a continuous turn lane. We’re hoping to finish it up by the first of October,” TxDOT spokeswoman Kelli Reyna said. “It was a mile-and-a-half-long project to help make the area safer.”
Crews are alternating the flow of traffic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
“We want people to be prudent when driving through the work zone,” Reyna said. “Take a little extra time.”