Camp Hearne, Roads Receive DC Dollars

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One of the region's most historic sites might soon have an added attraction.

Pending congressional approval of the transportation appropriations bill, a quarter of a million dollars will be headed to Camp Hearne for the creation of a visitors center. Congressman Chet Edwards announced the deal Thursday , saying the former World War 2 POW camp would greatly benefit from the facility. An old water pump station next to the camp will be renovated to serve as office space and for displaying artifacts.

Also included in the bill will be half-a-million dollars for improvements to the Barron Road-Highway 6 exchange, and $600,000 for the Brazos Valley Transportation Management Center.

Edwards says the bill is expected to pass the House next week and move on for Senate approval.