TxDOT to spend $4.9 million on Milam roads

Milam County ought to be a busier, and safer, place in 2012 as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced about $4.9 million in road projects during the upcoming year.

Bob Colwell, public information officer for TxDOT’s Bryan district, said a major task will be widening on three farm-market roads, including two in the Rockdale area, from about 20 feet to 28 feet.

They are FM 1712, FM 487 (Rockdale city limits to FM 1712) and a portion of FM 1600, north of the Little River Bridge.

Money for those projects came from a portion of bonds authorized by Texas voters. Colwell said the roads have a history of accidents and the project will help prevent “run off the road” type accidents.”

Curvy FM 487, in the vicinity of the Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center, has been the site of numerous accidents, including several fatalities.

Colwell said other Milam County projects targeted for 2012 include:

• Seal coating and resurfacing US 79 in Thorndale.

• Rehabilitation of FM 1915 from FM 437 to County Road 407.

• Seal coating and resurfacing FM 1331 from FM 486 to the Williamson County line.

• Seal coating and resurfacing FM 2095 from the BNSF railroad crossing to 0.6 miles north of US 79.

• Seal coating and resurfacing US 77 from the Lee County line to US 190.

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