Big road changes ahead

Bond money fixing several streets, intersections

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Major roadways in and out of Azle are currently seeing major improvements through TxDOT projects.
In addition to the complete overhaul of Hwy. 199 that has commuters limited to 40 miles per hour when traveling between Wells Burnett Road and FM 1886, TxDOT is currently working on repairing the highway’s frontage road near its intersection with FM 730 and making repairs to the pavement along Main Street.
The number of local roadwork sites will only continue to grow as projects funded by the 2016 Parker County Transportation Bond get underway during the next two years.
The $73.6-million bond was passed by 58.17 percent of voters in Parker County during last November’s election.
A vast majority of the funds – an approximate $56.6 million – will be used to construct what has been deemed the “East Loop” – the eastern extension of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway.
However, the county has set aside the remaining funds for smaller-scale projects throughout Parker County’s four precincts.

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