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A fix is in the works for dangerous stretch of SH-71 west of the 'Y'

August 12, 2013

TxDOT has announced plans to renovate a notoriously dangerous stretch of SH-71 west of the ‘Y’ in Oak Hill. The area is from Southwest Parkway to Scenic Brook, where there is no center turn lane—an area that has seen new businesses, more turn-in traffic, and more accidents in recent years.

“TxDOT is planning to take bids on work to add a center turn lane and eight-foot shoulders on SH-71 from near Silvermine Drive to past Thomas Springs Road,” said TxDOT spokesperson Chris Bishop. “The $13.5 million contract should go out for bids in November.” Construction is slated for January 2014.

This segment is part of a larger project to widen and rebuild SH 71 from Southwest Parkway to Scenic Brook, according to TxDOT, and has been divided into three segments of construction:

From Southwest Parkway to Thomas Springs Rd.: add shoulders and small median to separate traffic.

From Thomas Springs Rd. to Covered Bridge Dr.: add shoulders and center turn lane.

And from Covered Bridge Dr. to Scenic Brook Dr.: add shoulders and center turn lane.

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