Two major highway improvement projects in Hunt County got the thumbs-up on Thursday.
In a meeting in Arlington, The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments allocated $8.3 million to the expansion of Farm-to-Market Road 1570 and State Hwy. 34.
The State Hwy. 34 project involves widening the road, while the FM 1570 improvement will extend the road to connect with U.S. Hwy. 380.
A 19-mile stretch of State Hwy. 34 from Interstate 30 to County Road 2312 — near the Hunt and Kaufman county lines — is to be widened from two to five lanes.
Extending FM 1570 from State Hwy. 66 to U.S. Hwy. 380 will cost an estimated $6.8 million to build a two-lane undivided roadway. Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with the Texas Department of Transportation committing $300,000 for preliminary engineering this year. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in the next fiscal year, and utility work will start in fiscal year 2015.