GLEN ROSE – Motorists traveling along the approximate 6.93-mile stretch of US Highway 67 between S. Highway 144 and the Johnson County line can expect a rather lengthy delay over the next two weeks, according to Val Lopez, public information officer for Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Fort Worth division.
However, after what was originally confirmed Monday morning to be a "Super 2" conversion by a TxDOT public information officer has since been clarified by Lopez to be a much simpler project.
TxDOT will wrap up general road repair on the stretch of US Highway 67 as early as Friday afternoon and will then, weather permitting, begin a sealcoat project on the approximate seven miles of pavement, Lopez said.
According to Lopez, the sealcoat project should conclude by the end of next week.
As for the "Super 2" conversion, Lopez stated that the project is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2018 on the Johnson County side of Somervell County and in 2019 on opposite end of US Hwy 67 that leads into Erath County.
Local motorists are reporting delays upwards of 20 minutes during peak traffic times. As first pointed out by Glen Rose resident Tony Bruce on Facebook, CR 312 can be taken to avoid the roadwork.
A “Super 2” design, as outlined in a 2002 report by the Texas Transportation Institute, is an alternate solution to high volume traffic areas that cannot support – either financially or structurally – an immediate four-lane upgrade.
“As traffic volumes increase, motorist satisfaction and traffic performance on those roadways will decrease,” the report states. “[…] An alternate solution is the providing of periodic, short-term passing lanes, otherwise known as a ‘Super 2’ design. […] These lanes allow motorists increased opportunities to safely and easily pass slower vehicles, improving traffic flow at a much lower cost than a traditional expansion to four lanes.”
The project, which will have the nearly seven-mile stretch of highway closed down to one lane during construction, carries an approximate $7.5 million price tag, according to the TxDOT Project Tracker.
In addition to the current construction, TxDOT has four resealing projects scheduled for Somervell County roadways priced at an approximate $483,151. The department is also currently in the process of resealing the main lanes and shoulders of the 5.61-mile stretch of FM 56 from the Hood County line to US 67 for an estimated $229,607, according to the project tracker.