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GRANITE SHOALS — Granite Shoals City Council on Jan. 29 took another step toward upgrading the city’s three main road arteries by picking an engineering firm to get things rolling.

The council approved a $268,400 contract with K.C. Engineering for design and engineering work to be done on Philips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek Road, and Valley View Lane.

In November, voters approved going ahead with a $3 million road bond to make major improvements to sections of those three roads.

“The first step is getting the most qualified engineer,” City Manager Ken Nickel said. “That’s why we selected K.C. Engineering.”

K.C. Engineering president Greg Haley, who also does work for Burnet County, is very familiar with the area after doing work on RR 1431, the city manager added.

This construction is important for the future of the roads, which all get heavy traffic as the city’s main thoroughfares.

Once improvements are made, “(these Granite Shoals roads) will last at least another 15 years,” Nickel said.

He added that the goal is to start work on the roads as early as June.