LAMPASAS — Work crews on Fourth Street finished one phase of road improvements and started another this week.

A section of road from Elm to Pecan streets, including the Pecan Street intersection, is being repaired now that the section from the Sulphur Creek Bridge to Hackberry Street is completed and open again.

“It’s currently closed off from Elm to Pecan, including that intersection,” said Darah Waldrip, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson. “People can still get to downtown, but they’re going to have a bit of a detour.”

Resurfacing the road and improving drainage are the main goals of the project, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million, according to TxDOT. While the Pecan Street intersection is closed, a new storm drain will be installed.

Work on the latest section of road ought to take three to four months, weather permitting, Waldrip said.

“The project to rehabilitate the roadway from Key Avenue to Sulphur Creek began in October and should be completed by the end of 2013,” a TxDOT news release stated Thursday. Currently, three blocks of roadwork have been completed on the project, Waldrip said, and five more remain for drainage and roadwork.

“Once the drainage work is finished, we’ll pick up the roadwork from Pecan and go on to Live Oak and to Western,” Waldrip said. “We’ll follow it block by block.”

Waldrip periodically posts updates on roadwork, traffic changes and safety on the Brownwood District’s Twitter page,

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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