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story.lead_photo.caption A road is being built on the Texas High School campus to "provide a safer entrance and exit to the north side of Texas High," said Tina Veal-Gooch, executive director for public relations for Texarkana Independent School District. Photo by Junius Stone / Texarkana Gazette.

In the last several weeks, construction equipment could be seen in the heat of the Texarkana summer at work while building a new road on the campus of Texas High.

Located not far from the athletic fields on campus, the road is an addition to the campus intended to ease transit to and from the campus.

"It is intended to provide a safer entrance and exit to the north side of Texas High," said Tina Veal-Gooch, executive director for public relations for Texarkana Independent School District. "The current entrance to the Texas High School football, track, baseball and softball areas is off of Kennedy Drive and becomes heavily congested, which causes a safety issue for students and staff who walk and park in that area. Allowing for a new entrance/exit off Summerhill Road will alleviate the congestion and remove the dangers from students and staff."

The new road, named Tiger Drive, is being built by Contech, Inc. It was awarded the bid on March 19. The road is being built for the cost of $304,218.55, from a Time Warrant Series 2018 note approved during the Oct. 16 Board of Trustees meeting. Estimated completion is by the end of August, barring weather complications.

The project began in late March.

"Rain has pushed our timeline out over the past few months, but we are in the final phase of construction with the bridge installation prep work," she said.

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