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Airline Road overpass gets funding approval

July 3, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.

Other projects funded

The Texas Transportation Commission approved funding for two other projects Wednesday:

• $365,000 to replace the Bay Avenue bridge on Bay Avenue at the Draw in Seadrift. REXCO Construction Services was awarded the project. Construction is expected to begin by September and be completed by December.

• $498,000 to add rumble strips to highway centerlines to alert drivers to help prevent crossover or head-on crashes. The project will stretch about 207 miles in DeWitt, Lavaca, Gonzales, Colorado, Wharton, Austin, Calhoun and Jackson counties on various roadways. DIJ Construction was awarded the project. Construction is expected to begin by August and be completed by December.

Safety improvements will soon be installed at a busy Victoria intersection known for traffic accidents and a 2010 fatality that shook the motorcycle community.

Construction of an overpass at Airline Road and Loop 463 received approval for $16.5 million in funding, the Texas Transportation Commission announced Wednesday.

Hunter Industries was awarded the project to add improved mobility by separating traffic traveling on both existing roadways, according to a Texas Department of Transportation news release.

Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Phil Wilson said the state must find methods to relieve congestion on these increasingly crowded roadways.

The project will stretch 2.16 miles along Loop 463 from Mockingbird Lane to U.S. Highway 59 Business.

Construction is expected to begin by October and be completed by December 2014.

The state recently completed the overpass at Salem Road and the loop.

A third overpass is planned for the Mockingbird Lane intersection.

On Aug. 18, 2010, Patrick A. Locher, 17, was killed after his motorcycle collided with a truck at the intersection of Loop 463 and Airline Road.

A longtime Boy Scout, Patrick would have celebrated earning the rank of Eagle Scout the next morning, according to an Advocate news report.



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