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.


Crafting the Future: Classes prep students for employment

Bill Neve and his Construction Trades class pose in front of their "tiny house" they have been working on this school year. Upon completion, the tiny house will go to Houston to help a family affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet High School has made it a mission to “Craft the future” of its students, to prepare them for college, employment, and the real world. An impactful program recently implemented at BHS to continue this effort is the Ag Mechanics and Construction Trades program. This program prepares students for the real world through woodworking, agriculture, welding, communication, teamwork, and mathematics.

Students in the Construction Trades class are educated in the mathematical aspects of construction by instructor Bill Neve; they are then able to use the methods they have learned in the classroom and apply them to construction techniques. Upon completion of this class, students earn two credits – geometry and agriculture.

“We learn geometry, trigonometry, and algebra and use it to build trusses and walls,” student Ty Holbrook said.


Airport construction cleared for final approach



City officials said despite weather delays, the resurfacing project at the Burnet Municipal Airport is expected to be on schedule for May completion.

This week, only daytime landings will be permitted at the airport as the facility will be transferring from old lighting to new, one of several updates that have been made to the airport.

Crista Bromley, Burnet City Director of Administrative Services, said work by contractor Chasco Constructors of Round Rock fell 90 days behind “largely due to rain and ground water.”

Bromley reported to council in a recent meeting that contractors had put the “pedal to the metal” to make up for lost time.

“Pending no more bad weather, the project will be complete in May,” she said on Thursday, adding that the airport will be closed twice more for only a few days at a time to complete construction. “The last closure will be for the striping of the runway.”

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