TxDOT

Fri
19
Apr

TXDOT construction to shrink U.S. 281 business frontage in Marble Falls

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls business owners along a stretch of U.S. 281 north could lose state right-of-way frontage including parking lot space, as the Texas Department of Transportation takes steps for highway construction projects for safety and to accommodate pedestrian traffic.

Fri
28
Dec

DPS troopers take aim at New Year's Eve traffic violators

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
DPS troopers, along with other agencies, will be out in force on New Year's Eve on roadways throughout the Highland Lakes including Texas 71, Texas 29, U.S. 281 and FM 1431 to monitor road safety and catch motorists for safety belt violations, speeding, failure to maintain proof of insurance and drunk driving.

 

 

 

 

From Staff Reports

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is warning New Year's Eve revelers to stay sober and following traffic laws or face starting the new year with jail time and fines.

DPS troopers will be out in force on Texas 71, Texas 29, U.S. 281 and FM 1431 throughout the Highland Lakes area Dec. 31 and Jan 1.

The agency is targeting drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

"The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and it's up to each and every Texan to be responsible behind the wheel so that everyone makes it home safely to their family during the holidays," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Along with other law enforcement partners across the state, DPS will be out in force to identify and remove dangerous drivers from Texas roadways this holiday season."

Tue
06
Nov

City request prompted by motorist complaints halts TXDOT work on U.S. 281 near bridge

Cindi Fry/The Highlander
Due to motorist complaints, Texas Department of Transportation halted contractor work Monday, Nov. 5 on sidewalk improvements from the north end of the U.S. 281 Bridge to Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls. They state entity may opt to dispatch a night-time crew.

 

 

 

 

From Staff Reports

Due to motorist complaints, Texas Department of Transportation halted contractor work Nov. 5 on sidewalk improvements from the north end of the U.S. 281 Bridge to Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls.

The work began on Friday, Nov. 2 but was halted that day due to several issues including a vehicle rollover near the south city limits on U.S. 281, traffic congestion possibly connected to weekend travel, a music festival and opening weekend of the rifle season.

As crews started work again in the right-of-way along businesses just north of the bridge, one of the bridge lanes was reduced to a single lane causing backed up traffic as far as the south side of the bridge. TXDOT honored another city request to suspend the construction.

The city of Marble Falls has requested TXDOT consider dispatching night-time crews to do the right-of-way construction work to avoid day-time traffic congestion.

 

Fri
11
May

CAMPO adds 281-1431 intersection to improvement list

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A project to reconstruct the intersection of US 281 and Ranch to Market Road 1431 has been added to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for 2019-2022, CAMPO officials said this week.

Wed
31
Jan

Safety turnouts for RM 1431 on schedule

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Dangers along the 16-mile from Lago Vista to Marble Falls become even more acute in bluebonnet season, drivers taking the scenic route for a leisurely ride are added to local commuters and white-tail deer. Plans for more slow moving traffic turnouts are on schedule.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Ask anywhere in the state of Texas where the next road project needs to be and drivers will tell you it needs to be on the road they travel.

Regular travelers on Ranch to Market Road 1431 should be pleased to learn one of their “most needed” projects is moving to the front of the line—slow moving traffic turnouts.

Check the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Project Tracker and you now will find them scheduled between Lago Vista and Marble Falls as Tier 2 Projects.

The safety measure as been for more than seven years a campaign of Al Schwerman of Lago Vista, a resident who travels frequently between Lago Vista and Marble Falls.

“People are always asking me about it because they know I've been interested, so I was pleased when I called TxDOT recently and they said it was on track for July 2019 and maybe sooner,” said Schwerman.

Wed
31
Jan

HSB agrees to share FM 2147 widening cost

Contributed

Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan, left, presents a plaque at the Jan. 16 city council meeting in appreciation of many years of service to the community to Norm Long, right, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy. Long served as chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission from its inception in 2009 until term limits required him to step down at the end of December. He also is a former member of the Parks Committee and a former member of the Llano County School Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The Horseshoe Bay City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, approved a final funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) regarding improvements to Ranch to Market Road 2147 and bids could b e let as soon as next spring.

The city will contribute $120,000 in matching funds toward the $2 million improvement project to widen the road and include turn lanes from Big Spur to Bay West Boulevard.

Last year, Mayor Steve Jordan announced the city and received notification of a committment from TxDOT to widen the thoroughfare through the heart of Horseshoe Bay to Llano County.

Former Texas House Speaker and current Texas Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland owns a home in Blue Lake Estates and reportedly was instrumental in convincing TxDOT to add the project to the priorities list.

Wed
28
Jun

TxDOT agrees to reconsider RM 1431 restriping project

 

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

A Llano County crowd nearly fills the 500-capacity sanctuary at Kingsland’s First Baptist Church to hear Texas Department of Transportation engineers justify a reworking of Ranch to Market Road 1431 from a four-lane highway to a two-lane highway with turn and passing lanes. Opposition to the proposal was nearly unanimous.

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Facing a hostile, but polite, audience that nearly filled the 500-capacity sanctuary at Kingsland’s First Baptist Church Tuesday evening, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials agreed to reconsider a proposal to restripe Ranch-to-Market Road 1431 in Llano County.

The project would have made the four-lane highway into a two-lane highway with intermittent passing and turning lanes, a change TxDOT engineers said would improve the safety of the road.

Fri
23
Jun

Brouhaha brewing over proposed RM 1431 change

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander

Llano County Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke, left, explains a Texas Department of Transportation plan to change Ranch Road 1431 from a four-lane highway in Llano County to a two-lane road with turn and passing lanes. Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval, whose precinct also would be affected by the project, is at right; County Judge Mary Cunningham is seated in the background.

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

A revolution may be brewing in Llano County over what some residents perceive as an unneeded and unwanted change to Ranch to Market Road 1431 and an attitude bordering on contempt for local officials by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

At issue is a plan to change the ranch road from four lanes to what is known as a “super two” highway – one lane in each direction with intermittent turn lanes and passing lanes where engineers think they’re needed. The approximately 30 miles of Texas 71 between US 281 south of Marble Falls to Texas 16 in Llano is an example of that type of highway.

Tue
04
Apr

Two meetings keep Burnet County traffic on TxDOT radar

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Burnet County Commissioners Court reconvenes Tuesday, March 28, to take a fine-toothed comb to detail of future Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) projects in the county. Seen here, from left, are Commissioners Jim Luther Jr. and Joe Don Dockery, and TxDOT engineers Cathy Kratz and Jason Caviness.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Two important transportation meetings went on in Burnet County this week.

A sit-down of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Burnet County Commissioners Court was held in an open workshop Tuesday, March 28, at the Burnet courthouse and a Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) open house on long-range plans was held Wednesday, March 29.

Commissioners went line by line through 54 projects, only 24 of which are on the 2017 priority list for TxDOT, but all important to one or morel precincts. CAMPO representatives came to convey feedback on possible amendments to the CAMPO 2040 and 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Commissioners workshop

Fri
17
Feb

Commissioners hear about TxDOT US 281/183 Super 2 conversion

TxDOT Project Tracker details plans for US 281 and US 183 Super 2 development.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A construction project to convert the northern part of US 281 from the Lampasas County line to the Burnet city limits to a four-lane undivided highway into a “Super 2” three-lane highway has been let this month, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) area engineer Cathy Kratz P.E. said at Tuesday's Burnet County Commissioner Court meeting.

Kratz and other engineers from TxDOT appeared before commissioners to talk about plans to put convert portions of US 281 and US 183 to “Super 2” roadways, due to a high number of accidents which have occurred where vehicles have left the roadway.

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