ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved 62 transportation contracts that totaled $294.8 million, including three projects for the Lufkin District that total $15.7 million.
The Angelina County projects include an $86,851 project that add an intersection flashing beacon and advance warning signs in three locations. South Texas Illumination, the contractor for the project will install a flashing light on US Highway 69 at FM 2012 at a cost of $33,572.
The intersection is considered one of the most dangerous in the county. Business owner John Williams gave up a piece of his property for the project.
"There have been a lot of wrecks here in the 13 years I have been here, but there has only been one fatality," Williams said. " You know if it saves one life, it is very much worth it to me."
Williams said the wrecks have become common place.
"Before they put the caution lights in, people weren't very aware of it," Williams said. "They would sometimes come out of 2021 and not stop. It's always been a matter of time it seemed like. We would be sitting in the office seemed like once a month you would hear a big crash."
The project will also include adding advance warning signs at the intersections of SL 287 and 1194 and US 69 at FM 2251.
The Transportation Commission also approved a $13.9 million project in Polk County that will involve adding passing lanes to US Highway 190 from Onalaska to the intersection of FM 2457 for a cost of $10.8 million. In addition, the project will include safety treating fixed objects US 190 all the way to US Highway 59 for a cost of $3.6 million.
San Augustine County received $1.2 million for a project on FM 705 that will involve safety treating fixed objects from State Highway 147 to 2.4 miles south of FM 83.
"These projects are part of the statewide Highway Safety Improvement Program," TXDOT Director of Operations Brad Tieman, P.E. said. "The goal of this program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. This is a federally funded program in which they fund 90% of construction costs and state funds the remaining 10%. These locations were submitted and competed statewide with similar work and were selected based upon a benefit/cost analysis. Flashing beacons supplement other traffic control devices where additional emphasis and warning for drivers is desired."