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Work to begin on Texas 29 widening project

Construction to begin May 13 on Texas 29 widening project

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The first of four phases of construction on about 13 miles of Texas 29 between RM 2241 and RR 1431 east of Llano is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. (more…)

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The final obstructions left in the wake of the destruction of the old RM 2900 bridge are being removed from the path of the replacement bridge. Old bridge debris has caused delays in the drilling process. The new bridge is now expected to open to traffic in May. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Obstructions slow 2900 bridge progress; opening moves to May

FROM STAFF REPORTS Obstructions from the collapsed RM 2900 bridge have delayed construction on the new one and pushed the opening to May, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Large debris from the old RM 2900 bridge that collapsed during the October flood is being removed during construction of the new bridge in Kingsland. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Old out, new in: Work on 2900 bridge continues in all weather

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Freezing temperatures won’t affect progress being made on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Construction on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland continues on schedule, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In this photo from Feb. 13, beams on Span 3 of the bridge were placed. Photo courtesy of TxDOT

LCRA creating ‘boat lane’ near RM 2900 bridge work site

FROM STAFF REPORTS Once Lake LBJ is refilled to a normal operating range, boaters up and down the Llano River arm of the lake should be able to pass construction and dive crews at the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting an open house March 5 at Lago Vista Middle School, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, to gather public input on proposed improvements to RR 1431 from the FM 1174 intersection in Burnet County east to Lago Vista. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Open house for public input on RR 1431 improvements

FROM STAFF REPORTS An open house March 5 in Lago Vista provides anyone who drives RR 1431 east of Smithwick an opportunity to view proposed improvements to the two-lane highway. (more…)

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Guardrails on U.S. 281 in Burnet County will be upgraded, installed, and repaired thanks to a nearly $2.5 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation. File photo

TxDOT to install, repair guardrails along US 281 in Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS Guardrails on U.S. 281 in Burnet County are receiving some attention from the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Construction of the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland continues night and day to complete the project by April. The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Jan. 11 that it would not lower Lake LBJ any more than 4 feet below normal to allow Texas Department of Transportation crews to continue work without hindrance. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA won’t lower Lake LBJ extra foot to avoid hindering RM 2900 bridge construction

FROM STAFF REPORTS After considering lowering Lake LBJ an extra foot, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Jan. 11 that the lake’s current level of about 4 feet below normal will be maintained for the duration of the drawdown. (more…)

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Large electric signs on CR 120 in Burnet County announce road construction to begin Jan. 2. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CR 120 work to begin Jan. 2, causing temporary closures

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Residents along County Road 120 north of Marble Falls are “going to be real happy” when construction ends on 3.8 miles of roadway, according to Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. (more…)

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RM 2342 roadway work expected to cause traffic delays

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction is underway on repairing the depth of RM 2342 between RM 1431 in Kingsland and the intersection of Park Road 4. The work is expected to be completed within “a couple of weeks, weather permitting,” according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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A live internet video feed shows construction of the RR 2900 bridge in Kingsland. The livestream can be viewed at 325internet.com.

Residents can keep an eye on new RM 2900 bridge construction from home or work

FROM STAFF REPORTS The contractor tasked with rebuilding the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland by April has more than TxDOT eyes on their work. (more…)

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Officials moved dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new RR 2900 bridge on Nov. 9 in Kingsland. Pictured are Marc Williams (left), Texas Department of Transportation deputy executive director; Joe Muck, Burnet assistant area engineer; Susan Patten, president of the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce; Peter Jones; Linda Raschke; Mike Sandoval; Gary Botkin of Capital Excavation; Cathy Kratz, Burnet area engineer; Terry McCoy, Austin District engineer; Martha Tyroch, chief of staff for state Sen. Dawn Buckingham. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

‘Warp speed:’ New RR 2900 bridge a priority for TxDOT

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Of all the projects under the Texas Department of Transportation’s umbrella, replacing the RR 2900 bridge will be the only one going at a 24/7 pace until completion. (more…)

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TxDOT road resurfacing projects slated for 2019 in Llano and Blanco counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS Three area road resurfacing projects will move forward in 2019, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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This map shows the stretch of Texas 29 and the phases of construction for a planned Texas Department of Transportation project.

TxDOT plans: Construction on stretch of Texas 29 at $20 million, to continue into 2021

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over 50 people attended Texas Department of Transportation open house Sept. 27 at the East Llano County Annex in Buchanan Dam. (more…)

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Information about proposed improvements to a 13-mile stretch of Texas 29 from RR 1431 to RM 2241 will be available at an open house hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the East Llano County Annex, 8347 RR 1431 West in Buchanan Dam. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Proposed plans for stretch of Texas 29 on display at TxDOT open house Sept. 27

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Residents have two hours Sept. 27 to view proposed plans for improvements to about 13 miles of Texas 29 from RR 1431 to RM 2241 just east of Llano. (more…)

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Officials from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Burnet County, and the Texas Department of Transportation met Sept. 14 at the Burnet County Courthouse for a workshop on CAMPO’s Regional Arterials Plan. The meeting’s discussion focused on identifying new regional roads and recognizing which current small roads might need to be considered arterial. Photo courtesy of James Oakley

CAMPO workshop over Burnet County’s transportation needs

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Officials from Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization met Sept. 14 to discuss regional transportation needs that are years, even decades, in the future. (more…)

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Tuff Machinery, 3053 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, has already been affected by construction set to begin this winter on U.S. 281. The construction means property owners along the east side are losing land to the public right of way. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With $7.3M contract awarded, US 281 widening project south of Marble Falls to begin this winter

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The Texas Transportation Commission on Sept. 4 awarded a $7.3 million construction contract to widen a nearly 2-mile stretch of U.S. 281 south of Marble Falls. (more…)

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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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