TxDOT Gets Millions For Panhandle Road Projects

You may soon see some construction on the roads you travel thanks to millions of dollars just approved by the Texas Transportation Commission.

Just more than $20 million from President Obama's stimulus package will pay for maintenance on four Panhandle area roads.

The first is on US 83 in Ochiltree County from Perryton to the Wolf Creek Bridge.

Next is US 287 in Armstrong County from the Carson County line to eight miles East of the county line.

The third is here in Amarillo on I-27 from the Potter County line to 45th Avenue.

And the last one is on US 87 in Hartley County from the Dalhart south city limits to almost a mile east of US 385.

TxDoT Amarillo District Engineer Howard Holland says, "we won't be adding width or anything like that but they have some real problems with degradation and things like that so we'll be going in and removing some of the surfaces, going deeper and rebuilding some of the lane and put a new wearing surface on them."

The work is expected to start within six months because asphalt work needs to be done during the warmer months.

Holland says, "this definitely stimulates the economy. We have a lot of contractors whose workload has decreased as they've completed projects. This allows them to keep their employees working."

There also is an additional $8 million to be spent in Amarillo.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization will meet on March 11th to vote on a project that money will fund.