In the Summer of 2011, the Texas Legislature authorized TxDOT to go to contract on approximately $3 billion in general obligation bonds for highway improvements. Texas voters approved these Proposition 12 bonds, which are backed by the state’s general revenue not by fuel tax revenues, by a vote of 63 percent in November 2007.
Now, one year later, Schleicher, Sutton and Tom Green counties will receive roughly $15.8 million dollars for safety improvements to 52 miles of US 277 between San Angelo and Sonora.
TDOT contractor Reece Albert has been awarded road work starting one mile south of the US 87 (Bryant Boulevard)/ US 277 interchange to Christoval. This $2.7 million project will add a one-mile passing lane approximately every four miles for 13 miles. Reece Albert was also awarded the 17-mile stretch from just north of the US 277/FM 2129 intersection in Eldorado to the city of Sonora. These improvements will cost $6.9 million.
Price Construction was awarded a 22-mile segment of US 277 from Allen Road south of Christoval to Eldorado. This $6.2 million dollar project will also add passing lanes to US 277.
A variety of factors were taken into consideration when determining where the passing lanes would be constructed. These included terrain and existing structures, such as bridges.
The first two segments of the project are expected to begin by mid-November, and will have staggered start times. The third segment of the project from Eldorado to Sonora began October 15, 2012, with crews working on extending drainage structures.
Roadway construction will then continue in each segment with each project taking no longer than one year to complete.
US 277 has seen an increase in traffic in recent years. Most recent traffic count studies from 2011 show the average daily vehicle count at 5,600 between San Angelo and Sonora. Twenty-year traffic projections indicate a count of 7,900 vehicles per day.