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  • Saturday, October 03, 2015
    Highway 36 bid award set next month
    A contract to widen Highway 36 is expected to be awarded next month, officials say.
    Mark Shafer, resident engineer with the local Texas Department of Transportation office said bid-letting is scheduled for Nov. 11 to widen Highway 36 between the U.S. 290 cloverleaf and Business 36 North.

    The project is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $13 million, said Shafer.
    Construction could begin “in the early part of next year,” he added.
    Highway 36 there is currently a two-lane, undivided highway with no turn lanes. It has had a number of fatal accidents over the years.
    It will be improved to a four-lane divided highway with a grass median.
    An existing bridge will be replaced and another bridge added over the Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks that go under the highway.
    The project was reconfigured slightly to accommodate large trucks going to businesses in that area.
    City of Brenham and TxDOT representatives met last week to discuss the project.
    TxDOT agreed to extend shoulders so large trucks won’t have to re-enter main lanes of traffic if they are going to those businesses.
    “We did have some citizen concerns,” said Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps. “We were able to work it out. Everybody’s happy.”