TxDOT to work area highway projects in May

By Alexandria Randolph

HLN correspondent

Burnet citizens will see a new reparation project on two major roadways in May, Texas Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday.

In May, TxDOT crews will begin a full repair on U.S. 281 between The Green Mile and Houston-Clinton Drive and on Texas 29 at the intersection of the two highways.

“The area needs a full repair. There is a lot of cracking on both segments,” said Cathy Kratz, Burnet area TxDOT engineer.

Crews will begin construction on the overlay project in mid-May, Kratz said.

TxDOT’s most recent projects, the “Super 2” U.S. 281 lane adjustment was completed in October 2017 and the similar U.S. 183 project is anticipated to be finished next month, Kratz said. Crews have to wait for consistent warm weather before the last phase, which is a final seal coat on the roadway.


Woman, son die in head-on US 281 Collision



Roselee Rodriguez and son West Adair Jr. were pronounced dead on scene after a four-car collision ended in tragedy Saturday morning.

Rodriguez, 26, was traveling with her two sons Adair Jr., 6, and Isreal Rodriguez, 3, when their 2003 Ford Expedition was struck by a 2014 Dodge pickup, driven by Lacy Pearson, 51.

 Pearson and his passengers Rhonda Pearson, 53, Callie Pearson, 22, Angel Dodd, 14, and Natalie Robertson, 2, all of Burnet, were traveling North bound on Highway 281 when a 1998 Lexus forced them into oncoming traffic colliding with Rodriguez head on.


Public petition highlights need for turn-lane project



While Texas Department of Transportation officials said they have been in long term discussions with Burnet County officials about turning lanes for high-traffic highways, one Burnet County woman said she is tired of waiting.

Candice Cozby began a petition after a collision on TX 71 claimed the life of a friend and coworker as he was turning into Easy Heat Corporation from US 281.

“He was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler,” Cozby said. “It still bothers me. There's still paint on the ground from where they marked the road.”

Gabriel Brondo, who had worked for the company for more than 10 years, lost his life in November 2015 while trying to turn into his workplace. He wasn't the only one that had experienced close calls while attempting to turn off the highway, Cozby said, but his death was the final straw for her.

“I knew I needed to do something, I just wasn't sure what route to take,” she said.

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