KILGORE, TX — City Council members on Tuesday entered into an agreement that will kick-start a state project to widen the southern portion of the highway linking Kilgore with White Oak.
Gregg County and the Texas Department of Transportation have teamed up on widening and implementing other safety upgrades on Texas 42 from White Oak to Interstate 20.
The council’s 3-1 vote Tuesday teams Kilgore, its economic development agency and the county on similar highway improvements from I-20 south to Texas 31.
The agreement, which goes before Gregg County commissioners Thursday, requires the city, county and Kilgore Economic Development Corp. to each contribute $1.3 million to the job’s first phase.
If passed by the county and TxDOT, bids on the work could be taken late this year or in early 2013. The agreement states TxDOT has money to complete the job.