Work starts on General Brant Road

RIO HONDO — Considering taking the back way to South Padre Island or a direct shot to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge?

Think again.

For the next nearly two years, the 11.4 mile stretch of General Brant Road between FM 1847 and FM 510 will be under construction.

Earlier this week, Texas Department of Transportation reported the start of the project, which includes widening and rehabbing the roadway. Previous discussions about the road includes an additional ocelot crossing tunnel feature to help protect the endangered cats living in the area.

TxDOT public information officer Octavio Saenz said the $15.5 million project is part of the statewide transportation improvement program. Along with the widening and reconstruction of the road, there also will be drainage, striping and signage improvements.

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