BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation plans on spending more money to make various stretches of US 290 safer in Bastrop County safer for drivers.
A spokesperson for TxDOT says the agency has a divided highway planned for the section of US 290 from Elgin to just west of Paige. Plans are 80 percent complete and utility relocation is expected to begin soon even though no construction funding has been identified. For a lot of drivers, the undivided four-lane highway is the biggest safety concern.
To divide the highway, TxDOT will put in a wide grassy median and cable barrier fence.
“Once complete, this section will match what we just constructed approximately 5 miles west of Paige ending at FM 2104. The remaining section would be from just east of FM 696 through McDade and would tie into what we just constructed west of Paige,” explains TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna.
TxDOT also plans to put new overlay on US 290 from Farm to Market 973 in Manor to Elgin. That project is expected to be completed in summer 2017.
On Monday, one man died after an 18-wheeler and box truck collided head-on on US 290 in Paige. According to TxDOT data, in 2015, there were 238 crashes on the stretch of US 290 from SH 95 in Elgin to FM 1291 in Ledbetter. In 2014, there were 164 crashes.
In the spring, TxDOT said they were spending $2 million to fund seven projects aimed at increasing visibility and warning advisories for drivers on US 290. The projects included safety lighting as well as flashing beacons. Those projects are expected to be complete this spring.