Reece Albert, Inc. was awarded a $5 million dollar project last August to construct passing lanes along an 11-mile stretch of US 67 from Louisiana Ave. in Big Lake to the Irion County line. Work will begin on culvert extensions starting February 16. Three sets of passing lanes will be added and range in length from one to two miles each.

The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 60 mph. Back in September of 2014, TxDOT lowered the speed limit from 75 mph to 70 mph between San Angelo and Big Lake due to a higher than state average crash rate for roads of similar type.

Another project, expected to go out for bids in June of 2015 will add passing lanes along US 67 in Irion County. This project has a preliminary cost estimate of $27 million.