Gilmer paves way for new overpass on U.S. 271

Gilmer paves way for new overpass on U.S. 271
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:33am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:44am

A $22.5 million Texas Department of Transportation project to build an interchange at the intersection of U.S. 271 and Texas 155 in Gilmer is under way and the city council is debating beautification in the area once the overpass is completed, City Manager Jeff Ellington said Tuesday.

According to TxDOT’s Atlanta District, which is funding the project, the overpass will take about two years to be completed. It will allow drivers on Texas 155 to cross over U.S. 271. Approximately 12 percent of the project has been completed to date, according to TxDOT.

The city used to have a “Welcome to Gilmer” sign and trees at the intersection, but when TxDOT began the project, the sign was moved and the trees were removed, Ellington said.

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