Congressman Cuellar announces new federal funding to help complete nearly $20 million worth of Atascosa County highway projects



New money to be made available under the new federal highway bill will help fund county road projects

WASHINGTON — Today Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced that under the newly passed and signed five-year federal highway authorization bill, new money would be made available for Atascosa County transportation projects. A full list of these projects can be found in the attached document labeled Funding and Projects provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.

“I am pleased to announce these additional funds for Atascosa County road projects,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Thanks to the federal highway bill, Texas is estimated to receive more than $18 billion over the next five years. That is $2 billion more than provided under current funding levels. The Atascosa County road projects will include work on SH 97, SH 16, FM 140, US 281, and SH 173, all local roads used daily by both Atascosa County residents and travelers. These road improvement projects will help the commuting experience for local residents and enhance the flow of commercial traffic through the county.

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Atascosa County has increased from 38,628 in 2000 to approximately 47,774 today. This increase of 24 percent, along with expansion in the energy sector, has added new stress to the county’s roads in terms of traffic as well as increased wear and tear. In order to address traffic flows through the county, these road improvement projects need funding to be completed.”

The federal highway bill was passed last week by both the House and Senate with resounding majorities. The bipartisan legislation was the first longterm highway funding bill to be passed by Congress since MAP-21 in 2012.

Projects

•SH 97, $10,114,303

construction cost, from 2.6 miles north of McMullen County Line to 9 miles north of McMullen County Line. Rehab and widen roadway to provide passing lanes and operational improvements

•SH 16, $496,701 construction cost, from FM 140 to the McMullen County Line. Seal coat and pavement markings.

•FM 140, $417,978, from SH 16 to US 281A. Seal coat and pavement markings.

•US 281, $70,000 construction cost, from 300’ south of SH 97 East to 900’ SOUTH OF SH 97 EAST. Remove cantilevers and install median gates at upper DOT 435749U.

•US 281, $222,126 construction cost, from SH 97 to IH 37. Place inverted profile pavement markings along edgelines.

•SH 173, $341,094 construction cost, from Frio County Lines to SH

16. Place inverted profile pavement markings along edgelines.

•FM 791, $210,686 construction cost, from 1.8 miles northeast of IH 37 to 3.4 miles northeast of IH 37. High friction surface treatment on curve, raised edgeline rumble strips and raised centerline rumble strips.

•FM 476, $290,941 construction cost, 2.8 miles north of FM 2504 from 1.4 miles north of FM 2504. High friction surface treatment on curve, raised edgeline and raised centerline rumble strips.

•SH 16, $120,000 construction cost, from FM 476 to Poteet City Limits (south side). Seal coat and pavement markings.

•FM 476, $135,000 construction cost, from FM 2504 to FM 1333. Seal coat and pavement markings.

•SH 97, $3,000,000 construction cost, 0.8 miles south of FM 476 to US

281. Rehabilitate existing roadway.

•FM 140, $3,302,209 construction cost, from SH 16 to La Parita Creek. Rehab and widen narrow roadway.

•SH 132, $204,841 construction cost, at Somerset Street. Improve traffic signal and safety lighting at intersection.

•US 281, $63,377 construction cost, at CR 429. Install flashing beacon and safety lighting at intersection.

•US 281, $63,377, at Eurostar Drive. Install flashing beacon and safety lighting at intersection.

•SH 16, $63,377 construction cost at Stacey Road. Install flashing beacon and safety lighting at intersection.

•SH 16, $63,377 at Viewpoint. Install flashing beacon and safety lighting at intersection.



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