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Commission okays Texas 29 fixes

From staff reports

An accident-prone stretch of Texas 29 outside Bertram in Burnet County will undergo safety improvements and upgrades, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved a 10-year state transportation plan last week.

The 2020 Unified Transportation Plan includes more than $77 billion in funding meant to improve public roadway safety and address congestion and connectivity issues throughout the state during the next decade.

Project BUC12RD will involve construction funds for Texas 29 to reconstruct to four 11-foot lane, a 12-foot continuous turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from Ranch-to-market Road 243 in Bertram to the Williamson County line. Burnet County/TxDOT are sponsoring entities, at a cost of $5,184,000.

Three other local projects included in the Texas Department of Transportation 2020 UTP are:


Commissioners oppose Texas 29 downgrade

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Crews with Austin Traffic Signal put up a new traffic light at the intersection of Texas 29 and Hoover Valley Road on Wednesday, Feb. 6, on a section of highway the Texas Department of Transportation has said should be reclassified from "principal arterial" to "minor arteria," much to the chagrin of the Burnet County Commissioners Court, which has voiced their opposition to the move.






By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners expressed their concern Wednesday that reclassification of Texas 29 from US 281 in Burnet west to Ranch Road 2341 would make it harder to fund any future improvements to the highway.

Commissioners approved sending a resolution to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to voice their opposition to the highway being reclassified from a principal arterial to a minor arterial.

“I have already called TxDOT and let them know we would not be in agreement with anything that could result in any less advantageous funding for improvements,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who is a member of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board.


Residents ask TxDOT for TX 29 center lane

Local resident Tara Luke speaks to TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy about the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Texas 29 during a Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday.


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A full courtroom of Burnet County residents appeared before the Commissioners Court Tuesday morning, asking what can be done to add a continuous left-turn lane and other safety improvements to Texas 29 between Burnet and Bertram after a number of fatal accidents on the highway.

They had their questions answered by Texas Department of Transportation Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy, a Burnet County native whose district oversees state highways in 11 counties, including Burnet County.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who sits on the board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) — which oversees how federal highway funds are prioritized in a six-county region, including Burnet County — said the safety issues being identified by Burnet County and CAMPO are not just limited to Texas 29.


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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