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Highways expand rather than burst at the seams

After years of meetings, plans, discussions and negotiations, local drivers may begin seeing dirt fly and concrete move in the reconstruction of SH-183 by next summer. A veritable who’s who of area officials came together to announce the project’s progress and its expansion to include portions of SH-114, Loop-12, and the Irving Diamond Interchange.
State Representative for District 105, Linda Harper Brown, hosted the gathering at the University of Dallas on June 28.
“Construction will begin in 2014,” Harper Brown said. “We will have the contracts signed in January. Then in the next few months we will move forward. We have had several private entities very interested in this project, so we are very pleased with that, because it will move forward quickly.
“The construction time will depend on that contract, because they can build it in phases, or they can build the entire project. If they build in phases, it will take a little longer: five or six years. If they decide they want to move ahead, and there will be incentives in the contract to hopefully help the contractor to move forward more quickly, that would shorten the length of time it would take to complete the project.

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