With safety as the Texas Department of Transportation’s number one goal, the Texas Transportation Commission, at their July 25 meeting, approved $765,000 for a district-wide safety project for the Beaumont district. The project will add a variety of textures to the shoulders of roads in Orange County. 

“Safety is our first and main goal at TxDOT. By adding rumble strips and other textures to the shoulders of our roads, we’re providing drivers with a warning should they drift off the main roadway,” said Tucker Ferguson, district engineer for the Beaumont district. “This is just one of many ways we try to make our roads safer.”

Construction is expected to begin in October and be completed in early 2014. Roads in Orange County that will be updated include  S. Hwy. 87 and S. Hwy. 62.

Other counties receiving help include, Jefferson, Hardin, Jasper, Tyler, Newton, Liberty and Chambers. The roads receiving upgrades in these counties include, SH 65 in Chambers County; FM 563, FM 1008, SH 321 and SH 146 in Liberty County; SH 105 in Hardin County; US 90, SH 124 and FM 365 in Jefferson County; SH 87, US 190 and SH 63 in Newton County; SH 62, SH 63 and US 190 in Jasper County; and US 69 in Tyler County.