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State to widen part of FM 1585

Part of a farm-to-market road near Sundown will be widened in the future, the result of a state grant.

A 6.5-mile stretch of FM 1585 between FM 303 and U.S. Highway 385 will be widened.

It is one of 42 projects totaling $225 million in grant funds that were recently approved by the Texas Transportation Commission .

The funds are designed to repair roads in Texas that have been damaged by heavy  vehicles due to an increase in oil and gas activity, according to a news release.

The pavement on FM 1585 will be widened and resurfaced. The project will cost an estimated $2,411,800.

Work on the road will probably not start until after the first of the new year, said Gary McLendon, county supervisor for the Texas Department of Transportation.

McLendon said he submitted recommendations for work on two other roads in the county. They have not been funded.

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