$2.4 million project to widen, strengthen  FM 1567 under way

From Staff Reports

Aug 10, 2007 - A.K. Gillis & Sons Inc. recently began work on the 10.7 mile section of FM 1567 from FM 2560 to State Highway 19 south to strengthen, widen and make the farm-to-market road safer. The project is expected to take about a year to complete.

The work began on the eastern portion of the road at FM 2560 and will progress west. Motorists should expect minor daytime traffic delays in the area as only half of the road within the work area will be open to traffic at any one time. At night, both lanes should be open, but care should be taken due to loose rock and the lack of pavement markings, according to Brad Martin, Texas Department of Transportation assistant area engineer.

Federal funding for the $2.4 million project was obtained through a safety program aimed at reducing the frequency and severity of accidents by providing a slightly wider roadway and updating safety protection devices at crossing culverts that are near the edge of the road. 

�This project was submitted as a candidate in this program and ranked favorably against other similar type projects across the state,� said Martin. �We are, obviously, very pleased to have received the funding to improve the safety and overall condition of this section of roadway which has been beginning to show signs of distress for some time now.�

The old road bed will be pulverized and supplemented with additional base rock and cement. Two courses of asphalt and aggregate will be applied to provide the new riding surface, according to Martin.

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