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Fri February 27, 2009
Area highway projects to receive federal funding
By Scott Harvey
Area highway projects are to benefit from the federal economic stimulus package, as the Texas Department of Transportation has recommended a list of projects they wish funded.
Officials with TxDOT released the list Wednesday, which is comprised of projects that could be developed using $1.2 billion in funds available to the state under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Texas Transportation Commission is scheduled to formally vote to approve the list next Thursday.
Five Paris District projects are included on the maintenance and preservation list, including $7 million for the repair of State Highway 11 near Ridgeway, east of Farm-To-Market Road 2653 in Hopkins County.
Repairs were also recommended to FM 902 and FM 121 in Grayson County and FM 196 and FM 1498 in Lamar County.
Four bridges would be replaced in Kaufman County, at approximately $52.1 million. Kaufman County would also receive almost $4 million to repair FM 598.
Collin County would receive $2.5 million for improvements to the intersection of State Highway 289/Preston Road at Legacy Drive.
Van Zandt County would receive $1 million for improvements to the intersection of State Highway 110 and FM 1805.
Also included is a $3 million project to widen FM 291 in Grayson County from two to four lanes, which is the only project from the Paris District on the larger of the two lists.
Hunt County was not included on the list to receive funding for highway projects.