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CARTPO selects U.S. 290 projects as top regional transportation priorities

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Elected officials from eight counties selected two U.S. Highway 290 projects to be the highest ranking priorities for the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization, a rural planning organization.

The number one ranked project proposes to widen and reconstruct U.S. 290 in Lee County from the Bastrop County line to Navarro Street in Giddings as a four-lane, divided highway. The proposed project would span about 7.5 miles and has an estimated cost of $31.1 million.

A U.S. 290 project in Bastrop County earned the second highest ranking based on elected officials’ scoring. The Bastrop County project, with an estimated $12.6 million cost, would stretch about 3 miles from Ranch to Market 2104 to the Lee County line. The project also would make the highway a four-lane, divided roadway.

Both projects ranked the highest during CARTPO's previous prioritization in March 2013. They were selected this year among 23 submitted projects from eight counties.

By prioritizing the projects, CARPTO is providing Texas Department of Transportation with guidance on the region’s most pressing transportation needs, so the state agency can make informed decisions about funding highway construction.

County and city officials from Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson counties ranked the 23 projects. They scored the projects based on six criteria: safety enhancement, congestion relief, air quality improvement, system preservation, economic opportunity and local participation in the project.

> Find out how the remaining 21 projects ranked.
> Discover more about CARTPO.

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