(ROCKWALL, TX — August 25, 2017) The Regional Transportation Council has approved funding for two Rockwall County transportation projects, Precinct 4 Commissioner David Magness announced during a Tuesday special meeting of Rockwall County Commissioners Court.
“It was a big day for us,” Magness said of the Aug. 10 meeting when the funding was approved.
The projects involve widening of Farm to Market 3549 (Stodgehill Road) and improvements to State Highway 276.
Plans call for FM 3549 to be widened from Interstate 30 to just north of SH 66. This project, funded for $10,883,289, will widen the highway from a two-lane rural design to a four-lane urban divided highway. The anticipated date for awarding the contract is May of 2018, with actual construction projected to begin in November of that year.
Funding in the amount of $16,482,680 was also approved for improvements to SH 276 from SH 205 to just east of FM 549. This project calls for the widening of SH 276 from a two-lane rural design to a four-lane divided urban highway, with the intention to ultimately upgrade the highway to a six-lane urban roadway. The construction contract is scheduled to be awarded in February 2018, with the anticipated construction start date of August 2018.
The Regional Transportation Council is composed of 44 members from counties, cities and transportation agencies across the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) region. Magness has represented Rockwall and Hunt counties since 2010.
The projects are funded from several categories of funding available through the Texas Department of Transportation, NCTCOG and Rockwall County.
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