LCRA, TxDOT work to expedite bridge construction

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
The Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge is "on track" for completion in April, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Capital Excavation recently set beams for spans 3 and 4 and poured so-called "caps" for columns 6 and 7. Officials estimated progress on up to 10 shafts this week.





The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are coordinating efforts to clean up debris from the RM 2900 bridge that washed away along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ during historic flooding in October.

As previously announced, LCRA began refilling Lake LBJ on Sunday, Feb. 24, and will continue to do so through Wednesday, Feb. 27, after lowering the lake in December to provide property owners an opportunity to remove debris and make repairs.


Work begins on new 2900 bridge

James Oakley/Special to the Bulletin
Texas Department of Transportation employees, Llano County and state representatives and Capital Excavation executives celebrate the beginning of construction of a new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland with a groundbreaking Friday, Nov. 9.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Capital Excavation Company crews continued Sunday afternoon working on the south side of Ranch to Market Road 2900 to undertake what will be a monumental task — building a new 2900 bridge within 150 days.

On Friday, Texas Department of Transportation officials, along with state and local representatives from Llano County, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of the replacement bridge just three weeks after floodwaters washed away the former bridge.


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.


County submits 10 projects to CAMPO

Wirtz Dam Road, improvements, along with US 281, Texas 29, Texas 71 and RM 1431 are among those submitted.






By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County has submitted their order and now they must sit back and see if local transportation needs are given a slice of the federal funding pie.


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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