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This 2018 file photo shows TxDOT working to improve the intersection of FM 699 and FM 2517 in Panola County.

A $1.5 million project will add safety features to 14 area highways, including a 7.5-mile stretch of FM 2517 from FM 699 to FM 31, The Texas Department of Transportation announced.

The features include texturized centerlines and shoulders — the noise-making feature on roads designed to alert drivers they’re getting out of their travel lane.

Rebecca Wells, director of traffic operations for the Atlanta TxDOT office, said the added measures are being installed to “help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes.”

Striping Technology of Tyler was awarded the bid. Work on the project is expected to begin in November and take about six months to complete.

Highways that will be upgraded are:

  • A 17.5-mile stretch of U.S. 67 from the Cass County line to Texas 8 in Bowie County
  • A 6.4-mile stretch of U.S. 82 from the Red River County line to U.S. 259 in Bowie County
  • A 4.3-mile stretch of FM 2148 from U.S. 67 to U.S. 59 in Bowie County
  • A 1.8-mile stretch of Loop 179 from Texas 11 to U.S. 271 in Camp County
  • A 2.1-mile stretch of U.S. 67 from the Bowie County line to the Morris County line in Cass County
  • A 19.1-mile stretch of FM 449 from the Gregg County line to Loop 390 in Harrison County
  • A 6.5-mile stretch of FM 2199 from FM 1998 to FM 31 in Harrison County
  • A 5.4-mile stretch of FM 1999 from FM 134 to the Louisiana state line in Harrison County
  • A 7.3-mile stretch of FM 248 from the Cass County line to Texas 49 in Marion County
  • A 2.6-mile stretch of U.S. 67 from the Cass County line to FM 161 in Morris County
  • A 5.6-mile stretch of Texas 11 from the Titus County line to U.S. 259 in Morris County
  • A 7.5-mile stretch of FM 2517 from FM 699 to FM 31 in Panola County
  • A 2.3-mile stretch of U.S. 80 from the Wood County line to Texas 155 East in Upshur County
  • A 6.3-mile stretch of FM 1002 from FM 1795 North to Texas 155 in Upshur County
  • An 11-mile stretch of FM 49 from FM 1002 to Texas 154 in Upshur County