SMITH COUNTY, Texas — The Smith County Commissioners approved updates for more than 12 miles of road during Tuesday’s meeting as part of the 2017 road bond. 

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County Engineer Frank Davis says construction should start sometime in October for the four road packages. The projects are all around the county and involve road improvements as well as drainage work.

“Total project that was approved today was for 12.2 miles," Davis said. “There may be some temporary closures […] and the lane might go down to one lane, but for the most part the roads will remain open.”

Starting in the northern area of Smith County, County Road 4197 outside of Lindale, will receive new road base material, be stabilized and have culvert work done. 

Culverts help water flow under a street. Davis said there will be cross pipes put under the road.

Off Texas Highway 110, County Road 427 will be widened and receive an overlay of asphalt and be re-striped. County Road 4167, adjacent to CR 427, will have the same updates.

“We're going to replace the cross structures, the cross pipes and do some drainage improvements that way,” Davis said.

Near Greshman, three roads will see storm sewer repairs, as well as get new asphalt.

“County Road 1230, County Road 1273 and County Road 1325: These are more neighborhood roads," Davis explained. “They were built years ago, so it’s just to improve those.”

Nearly seven miles of road between County Road 173, 177 and 183 in the Bullard-area will be widened and stabilized. The roads will also get new asphalt, and some of the storm sewers will be replaced.

“There's also a section of County Road 177 that we're going to straighten out,” Davis said. “It's got two-90 degree turns, so we're going to straighten that out for safety reasons."