KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — On Wednesday, the Kaufman County Commissioners' Court approved a $1.9 million professional services agreement for preliminary engineering to make shovel-ready an expansion project on Farm-to-Market (FM) 1641.

The $1,893,700 agreement with Lina T. Ramey and Associates (LTRA) will provide preliminary engineering of the design schematic to a 30-percent equivalent for plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) level of detail, obtaining Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) design schematic approval, and obtaining state environmental clearance for the reconstruction and widening on FM 1641 from FM 548 in Forney to FM 148 in Talty, approximately 5.348 miles, according to the court's agenda packet.

The eventual plans to reconstruct and widen FM 1641 propose a six-lane curbed urban arterial with raised median, 14-foot shared-use lanes in both directions to accommodate bicycles, and six-foot sidewalks in each direction.

The FM 1641 advanced planning project is part of a $56 million county-wide transportation bond program approved by Kaufman County voters in November 2013.