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Planned Park Road 4 work unaffected by recent wildfire; RR 2147 work almost done

Planned Park Road 4 work unaffected by recent wildfire; RR 2147 work almost done

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Days after a wildfire burned 557 acres near Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation announced a $2 million contract to resurface Park Road 4 from U.S. 281 to CR 116. (more…)

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Graffiti on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls has joined a list of cleanup projects slated for June to be done by Texas Department of Transportation contractors. Courtesy photo

U.S. 281 bridge graffiti tagged for cleanup by TxDOT at estimated cost of $2,000

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Texas Department of Transportation officials have targeted an eyesore on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls for a cleanup project in June. (more…)

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Gravel truck crash in Spicewood reinforces concern about Texas 71 travel danger

Gravel truck crash in Spicewood reinforces concern about Texas 71 travel danger

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — Leah Hughes of Spicewood was headed back to work at her construction job in Spicewood on Texas 71 when the gravel truck came up behind her. She had stopped her eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe in the left lane of the 6600 block of the highway and was waiting for oncoming […]

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A $1.6 million proposed upgrade to the RR 1431/U.S. 281 intersection would include widening of the roadway to enhance mobility and ease congestion. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

RR 1431-U.S 281 intersection on proposed upgrades list for $1.6M

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Another project aimed at easing congestion at a busy intersection — RR 1431 and U.S. 281 — has joined the list of proposed road upgrades eligible for millions of dollars in federal fuel tax funding, officials said. (more…)

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Residents can find out more about recent road projects on a recommended funding list by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Among funding recommendations are the engineering component of the proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge project. Courtesy map

Wirtz Dam Road bridge, US 281 project on recommended funding list

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — A handful of Burnet County road projects have made the cut on a recommended list for federal highway funding, launching a comment and meeting phase for the public. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed a new bridge over the Llano River in northwestern Llano County to retire the aging Schneider Slab Crossing bridge. Pictured is a popular area of the Llano River just off CR 152. Staff photo

TxDOT project to preserve history, build new Llano River bridge

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY CASTELL — Llano County residents will consider safety vs. the historical value of the Schneider Slab Crossing on the Llano River while mulling a proposal to build a new bridge nearby, officials said. (more…)

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Two eastbound pickup trucks — one stopped to turn into a subdivision entrance — collided March 14, prompting Burnet County officials to capture images at the scene to encourage the Texas Department of Transportation to consider safety upgrades to the crash-plagued section of Texas 71. Photo courtesy Burnet County Judge James Oakley

Burnet County officials call for TxDOT road upgrades on crash-prone Texas 71 in Spicewood

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — Burnet County officials on March 15 descended upon the scene of the second Texas 71 collision in a week to gather evidence and urge the Texas Department of Transportation to consider safety upgrades to the crash-prone stretch of highway. (more…)

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Texas 71 crashes, complaints prompt TxDOT to fix stretch of highway

Texas 71 crashes, complaints prompt TxDOT to fix stretch of highway

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY TRAVIS SETTLEMENT — When Sari Pearce pulls onto Texas 71 from her home just west of Bee Cave, she feels on edge. “Even before the day of the fatality, there were other accidents,” said Pearce, a resident of Travis Settlement, located just west of Bee Creek Road. (more…)

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RR 2147 turn lanes, light in Horseshoe Bay to ease increased traffic

RR 2147 turn lanes, light in Horseshoe Bay to ease increased traffic

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — To keep up with Horseshoe Bay traffic and development, state and local leaders are teaming up to add turn lanes to RR 2147 West and plan a traffic light for the Texas 71/RR 2147 intersection. (more…)

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The allowed height for billboards such as the ones along Texas 71 and U.S. 281 could double if state officials approve a request by outdoor advertisers, which has prompted opponents to mobilize an effort to reject the idea. File photo

Groups take aim at ‘double-decker’ billboard height proposal

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — A recommendation to double the allowed height of billboards visible from state and federal highways has prompted opponents to mobilize against the potential measure. (more…)

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Emergency town hall called over TxDOT's plans for RR 1431

Emergency town hall called over TxDOT’s plans for RR 1431

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON KINGSLAND — Residents who drive RR 1431 in Kingsland and Llano County can share their thoughts on possible changes to the roadway with the Texas Department of Transportation during an emergency town hall meeting Tuesday, June 27. (more…)

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Highway project workshops give residents direct route to TxDOT, CAPCOG

Highway project workshops give residents direct route to TxDOT, CAPCOG

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON KINGSLAND — Many people have concerns about highways and transportation issues and wonder why the Texas Department of Transportation “doesn’t do this” or what state officials are up to. TxDOT and the Capital Area Council of Governments are basically giving Llano and Blanco counties a chance to ask those questions during two […]

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TxDOT eyes crash-prone stretches of US 281 and Texas 29 for signal and turn-lane

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed improving safety features in two areas along crash-prone highways, including installing a traffic light on U.S. 281 in northern Marble Falls and a turn-lane on Texas 29 between Bertram and Liberty Hill. (more…)

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Texas, so look twice

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Texas, so look twice

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As a motorcyclist, Michael Taber knows what it’s like to go unseen on the road. “Motorcycles have a smaller profile, so people don’t always see us,” he said. “Or, they don’t realize how close we are, and, you know, that can be a problem.” (more…)

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Burnet County officials and residents are asking the Texas Department of Transportation to consider improvements and safety upgrades on area highways with the increase of traffic, especially from 18-wheelers. Several fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers have raised concerns about highway safety, even prompting a petition calling for TxDOT to study adding turn lanes on U.S. 281 near CR 403 in southern Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County highway deaths prompt road safety campaign

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A county official and a business owner have launched an effort to coax the Texas Department of Transportation to research traffic safety and potential upgrades along state highways in and around the Burnet, Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Spicewood communities. A spike in traffic deaths on those […]

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Construction on the U.S. 281 bridge should be complete by March of April. File photo

US 281 bridge construction winds down as FM 2147 work to begin

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The finishing touches are being put on the U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls. Kelli Reyna, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, said most of the remaining work will be completed over the next month. (more…)

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Lobby for taller billboards riles Hill Country residents

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF SPICEWOOD — As the Texas Department of Transportation mulls a request for higher billboard allowances, some residents in Burnet and Travis counties are worried about driving dangers and the obstruction of Hill Country views if the proposal passes. (more…)

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LCRA names executive director of TxDOT its new general manager

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors voted unanimously Dec. 18 to hire Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, as the organization’s 11th general manager. Wilson will begin work at LCRA on Feb. 1. He will replace Rebecca S. Motal, who is retiring Dec. 31, […]

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Work begins on second span of U.S. 281 bridge after rubble cleared from Lake Marble Falls

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Construction efforts are under way for the second span of the U.S. 281 bridge project after the Lower Colorado River Authority verified the lake bottom is clear of debris. (more…)

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Almost 800 fish killed in second U.S. 281 bridge blast, TPWD reports

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The April 5 blast that demolished the remaining two piers of the old U.S. 281 bridge might have gone largely unnoticed above water. But below the surface of Lake Marble Falls, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reported 798 fish killed as a result of the explosion. […]

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Old U.S. 281 bridge piers demolished

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The final pieces of the old U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls were reduced to rubble April 5. (more…)

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Demolition of old U.S. 281 bridge piers set for afternoon of April 5

Demolition of old U.S. 281 bridge piers set for afternoon of April 5

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Recent rains have pushed the date to demolish the remaining piers of the old U.S. 281 bridge to April 5. The Texas Department of Transportation and contractor Archer Western said the blast is scheduled “most likely” about 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. (more…)

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TxDOT reviewing plans for demolition of old U.S. 281 bridge piers

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — A less-than-perfect bridge implosion has delayed the demolition of two piers in Lake Marble Falls that are all that remains of the old U.S. 281 bridge. (more…)

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TxDOT sets tentative date to demolish U.S. 281 bridge piers

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The March 17 implosion of the 77-year-old U.S. 281 bridge was not the end of work on the structure. Two concrete piers in Lake Marble Falls remain to be demolished. Officials said that could happen sometime in the next two weeks. (more…)

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TxDOT outlines implosion procedures for old U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Those making plans to watch the old U.S. 281 bridge implosion early March 17 should keep their ears open for signs the blast is near. A Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson said horn blasts will be used to signal the coming implosion. (more…)

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Big Bang Bridge Party

KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune holding Big Bang Bridge Party on March 17

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When the countdown for the implosion of the old U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls begins March 17, KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune is throwing a party, and the public is invited. (more…)

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