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ELLIS COUNTY - The Texas Department of Transportation will begin a more-than-$5-million safety enhancement project on FM 660 on Monday, Nov. 27, between I-45 and south of Sawmill Road.

The 6.1-mile job would add three-foot shoulders to the two-lane roadway.

Planned construction included grading, asphalt concrete paving and sign and pavement markings.

According to TxDOT, motorists could expect daily lane closures throughout the project.

'The project was being funded by the state's $600 million safety bond program,' said Bill Pierce, P.E., area engineer for TxDOT's Ellis County area office.

'This is the fourth project that we have under construction that is funded from the program,' Pierce said.

The TxDOT roadway safety program has allotted $295 million to widen the state's narrow two-lane roads to lessen head-on collisions and crashes involving vehicles running off the road.

Additionally, the program would provide funds for the installation of new concrete or cable barriers along divided highways across the state.

The contractor chosen for the FM 660 project was Garey Construction LTD of Austin.

Work on the project was expected to be completed in February 2008.

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