The Texas Department of Transportation’s road-widening project on Austin Avenue in south Brownwood will likely be completed this spring, about a year later than initially planned, TxDOT spokesman Andrew Carlson said.

“Early spring is our best guess right now,” Carlson said.

Carlson did not have specifics as to why the Brownwood project is taking so long, but “rain has pushed back most of the projects in the (Brownwood) district,” Carlson said.

The $4.9 million project began in March 2014, with Jay Mills Contracting of  Stephenville chosen as the contractor.

The project will completely rehabilitate Austin Avenue from Norwood Street to Brooks Avenue by widening it to four lanes, as well as rebuilding and resurfacing the roadway and widening the bridge at Willis Creek. 

The project also includes storm drains, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and signals.

When the project is complete, motorists can expect “enhanced safety and mobility through the area thanks to the additional wider lanes,” TxDOT said earlier. “The new curb and gutter system will mean improved drainage and it will be overall more safe for pedestrians thanks to the new sidewalks."