Residents and travelers alike have been seeing large letter markings on sections of these highways in various areas. These markings will be used to do aerial surveying and imaging for initial studies on these projects.
According to officials with the Bastrop TxDOT District Office, the hope is that this work will be a long-term solution to the “energy traffic” on 77 and 21 that make them so busy and potentially dangerous. Officials also said they chose to plan and work on both roadways at the same time due to the amount of general and oilfield-related traffic.
There are two things happening right now on U.S. 77. First, a feasibility study from the Fayette County line to the Milam County line is now underway. This study will provide recommendations for the project and improve roadway safety. Secondly, they have a consultant doing a schematic on 77 to help design a divided roadway and potentially purchase right-of-way.
TxDOT’s ultimate goal is to have a divided highway on 21 and 77 in Lee County.