FM 60 Project Saves Jobs

By: Shannon Dillon Email
By: Shannon Dillon Email

The construction project, that will eventually widen FM 60 from a two lane highway to a four lane highway with emergency shoulders, is scheduled to begin soon.

The project which stretches west towards Snook has been in the works for 15 years, and now it will save twice that amount of jobs.

"If we wouldn't have gotten this project in late April, we would have been laying off approximately twenty people," says Big Creek Construction Assistant Director, Wade Miller.

The project not only saved 20 jobs, but filled another 20 positions. Alan Duesterhoft has worked on several construction jobs, and is excited to know he has job security over the next two years on the FM 60 project.

"I've been doing this for 30 years. I have been building roads for 30 years. It's been slow times, it's been good times and we just do our best," says Big Creek Construction employee, Alan Duesterhoft.

The FM 60 project costs $7.5 million, and is the first project in the state to receive stimulus funding from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, which passed in February. Burleson County Judge Mike Sutherland says widening FM 60 will make the road safer for all drivers. It's a project Duesterhoft is proud to be a part of, because now he has the chance to be close to his seven grandchildren.

"They're happy. They're happy. They love their pawpaw too and they like to see him working," says Duesterhoft.

At least now his grandchildren will have the chance to see him work for the next two years on the FM 60 project.

The FM 60 project is one of eight planned throughout the Brazos Valley including construction at the Barron Road exchange, resurfacing of Highway 21, and 19 new fuel efficient buses for Brazos Transit Authority.

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