TxDOT cites utility relocations, added work in FM 2978 delay

This segment of the FM 2978 widening project has been underway for nearly three years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Fotolia)
This segment of the FM 2978 widening project has been underway for nearly three years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Fotolia)

This segment of the FM 2978 widening project has been underway for nearly three years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Texas Department of Transportation pushed back its completion of widening its last segment of FM 2978 to the fourth quarter of 2021 due to utility relocations and added work. It was previously scheduled to finish in the second quarter of 2021. TxDOT is widening the road to four lanes between FM 1488 and Dry Creek, which is near Hardin Store Road.

Timeline: September 2018-fourth quarter 2021


Cost: $21.47 million

Funding source: TxDOT
By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.



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