Safety features in the form of texturized center lines and shoulders will be added to 13 area highways during coming months.

This according to plans approved in April by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“We are looking at installing texturized pavement methods to center line areas of these highways to help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes,” said Rebecca Wells, director of Traffic Operations for TxDOT in Atlanta.  “The texturized pavement methods make noise when vehicle tires run over them, alerting drivers that they are getting out of their traffic lane.”

Stripe-A-Zone of Grand Prairie was awarded the contract for the construction on these projects with a bid of $1.1 million.

Work on the projects should begin in July of this year and take about three months to complete, Wells said.

Highways scheduled to receive the improvements are


County Highway Limits Miles
Bowie US 259 From: Oklahoma State LineTo: US 82 12.3
Bowie FM 558 From: FM 2516To: 3.6 miles south of FM 2516 3.6
Bowie FM 2148 From: US 67To: I-30 4.0
Bowie FM 3287 From: Presley RoadTo: FM 989 1.3
Camp FM 2454 From: FM 556To:  Upshur County Line 0.6
Cass SH 77 From: FM 250To: FM 2065 5.5
Cass SH 43 From: FM 248To: Marion County Line 10.2
Harrison FM 134 From: FM 1999To: FM 1998 5.1
Marion FM 3001 From: Harrison County LineTo: FM 726 6.6
Morris FM 997 From: FM 144To: 3.8 miles south of FM 144 3.8
Panola SH 315 From: Rusk County LineTo: US 79 17.3
Titus US 67 From: Franklin County LineTo: US 271 7.7
Upshur FM 2454 From: Camp County LineTo: FM 2088 7.1