Lee County Gets $9.6 Million for Road Improvements
Lee County Judge Paul Fischer announced this week that while Lee County did not get the almost $18 million TIGER grant the County had been hoping for, the County did get a $9.6 million award from TxDOT for the eight different projects which are funded and planned as of now. These projects are scheduled to go for bids this year, and hopefully construction will also begin this year.
• One project is to widen a portion of FM 696 west of Lexington to 28” from 7.64 miles west of FM 112 to 4.655 miles west of FM 112. This project will go to bid in June 2010.
• Another project will involve FM 696 from the Bastrop County Line to FM 112 concerning installing a metal beam guard fence and safety treat culverts, to go to bid in May of this year.
• A third project will widen FM 131, in eastern part of Lee County near Lake Somerville, from 6.869 miles north of FM 2440 to 0.914 miles north of FM 2440. This project will go to bid in July 2010.
• Also going to bid in July of this year is a project on FM 141 from Giddings to Dime Box where metal beam guard fence and safety treat culverts will be installed.
• FM 180, in eastern Lee County north of US Highway 290 to the end of State Maintenance will also receive new metal beam guard fence and safety treat culverts, to be bid in July.
• A July 2010 bid letting will improve FM 1697, from the Washington County Line to FM 141, with leveling up and sealing.
• Bids will go out in December of this year to level up, seal and overlay US Highway 77 from 0.288 miles south of SH 21 in the Lincoln area to US 290 in Giddings.
• Another portion of US 77 from 1.66 miles north of FM 3403 in the Doak Springs area to 0.288 miles south of SH 21 will go out to bid in July for level up and seal.
Judge Fischer said the County has also asked for approximately $1.9 million for a safety job that will widen approximately five miles of FM 141 roadway near FM 1697 in Dime Box. The County hopes to hear later this month about receiving these funds.
Should the Federal Government pass a second economic stimulus, the County is prepared to submit a request for approximately $1.4 million to level up and seal coat SH 21 from the Bastrop County Line to US 77 and to do the same on FM 1624 from Loop 123 in Lexington to SH 21 in Lincoln.