TxDot meeting goes over future Texoma projects

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Texas Department of Transportation officials went over a four-year plan to tackle more than 100 hundred projects, at Tuesday night's Transportation Improvement Program meeting.

All of the work is being done in Texoma and while most of it looks to be maintenance or rehabilitation projects, there are a couple of big ones.

Like upgrading I-35 in Cook County from a four to a six lane divided highway. The price tag for that is $320 million.

Another project is happening on U.S. 82 between Nocona and Henrietta where crews will upgrade the highway to a four lane divided section starting on the west side of Nocona to Ringgold. That project will cost $26 million.

Michael Beaver, TxDot's Director of Transportation Planning and Development for the Wichita Falls District, said widening these roads could have an effect on some land owners.

"We are going to be acquiring right of way for both of those projects, but we make every effort to minimize impact to individuals and their homes and properties and things like that," said Beaver.

Beaver said both projects will start in 2021. The U.S. 82 upgrade will take a couple of years and the I-35 upgrades will take two to three years.

All of the projects are funded with most of the money coming from federal and state fuel tax and vehicle registration fees.

There will be additional public meetings about the U.S. 82 project, but the dates have not been set.

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