Work on a new turn lane in Houston began Monday on East Highway 17.

A turning lane project at East Highway 17 and Thomasville Road – along with an extension – could be done within 60 days if the weather cooperates, a city official said. The project was the subject of a pre-construction meeting last week.

Dirt began turning on Monday for the turn-lane project planned by the Missouri Department of Transportation, said City Administrator Larry Sutton. Traffic disruptions will be maintained at a minimum, he said.

Gaines Construction Co. of Rolla was the low bidder for the street excavation work totaling about $224,200. Another part of the bid includes an initial two-inch overlay of asphalt costing $89,688.

Additional expenses on the project include installation of some concrete culverts and some water line changes. The city recently okayed a bid of about $24,600 for concrete culverts needed for the effort.

The city included funds for the project in last year’s budget, but it was carried over to this fiscal year. Additionally, the city has a quarter-cent sales tax earmarked for street and sidewalk work.

Randy Kell of Raymondville is a subcontractor. City crews began work earlier to relocate water and sewer lines affected by the project, which will connect with Holder Drive and create a new street north of Orscheln Farm and Home.

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