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 few weeks. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began upgrading the two-lane highway to a “Super 2” design Wednesday, May 4, according to the TxDOT project database.

A “Super 2” design, as outlined in a 2202 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.

According to TxDOT officials, the conversion is expected to run into early June.

In addition to the current construction, TxDOT has four resealing projects scheduled for Somervell County roadways with 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.