The project area for a road extension approved Friday by the Houston City Council.

The Houston City Council gave approval Friday to a road extension project that will connect two city streets.

Meeting over the lunch hour, members agreed to engage the city’s engineering firm, Archer-Elgin Engineering, Surveying and Architecture of Rolla, to begin engineering and surveying work, as well as generate paperwork for the necessary deeds.

The project will connect C.W. Harry Drive through a southward extension to Cleveland Road. The project is in an area that has seen commercial growth over the years.

The council’s directive calls for road excavation and gravel work. The city hopes that major work on U.S. 63 next year — the addition of lanes by the Missouri Department of Transportation — will necessitate an asphalt plant’s location in Houston, and it will be able to obtain better asphalt pricing for the street extension work, said City Administrator Larry Sutton.

The city had budgeted $75,000 in this year’s budget to do the work and has about $20,000-$30,000 in a street fund. It is estimated the total outlay may be about $160,000.

Archer-Elgin is already involved in several ongoing projects in Houston, including the new Rutherford Park, a major sidewalk project on Oak Hill Drive and sidewalks that will begin around  the Houston School District later this year. 

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