Important Section of the SH 34 Bypass for the City of Kaufman Opened
KAUFMAN, TX The important southwestern section of the bypass around the city of Kaufman, Texas, ceremonially opened and was marked significantly with a "first ride" for many of the city and county officials and staff, economic development leaders, TxDOT officials, project contractors, and local residents who have worked and planned on the project since its inception. The soon-to-be-opened section runs from the existing SH 34 (or S. Washington St) on the Southwest end to US 175 on the North East end of the road. This section, which was partially financed by a pass-through funding cooperation between TxDOT and several local public entities, was open for use within approximately two weeks after the ceremony, to help alleviate the congestion on the very narrow S. Washington St. through Kaufman.
A project with this kind of history and involvement might make it hard to come together, even though the funding was finally in place. Everyone worked hard to make it go smoothly.
"One of the reasons that the project went so smoothly was due to the level of cooperation between the City of Kaufman, TxDOT, Ed Bell Construction, and Raba Kistner," said Justin Nipp, the Project Manager who works for Raba Kistner. "All parties were committed to ensuring that the SH 34 Bypass would be a first-rate roadway to travel for many years to come. The bypass will allow heavy truck traffic in the area to avoid downtown Kaufman, reducing congestion while opening up a whole new area for development."
Funding partners for the project include the city of Kaufman, TxDOT Dallas District (pass through funding program), Kaufman County, Kaufman Economic Development Corporation, with funding acquisition assistance, right-of-way acquisition, and construction management by Raba Kistner (Program Manager/Engineers).