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Big Thicket Messenger - Local News
Stories Added - August 2009
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146 highway to become wider
Big Thicket Messenger - August 2009

 TxDOT has released plans that they will begin a $12 million dollar project in South Liberty County that will widen Highway 146. State Highway 146 between Highway 90 at Dayton and FM 1413 will be widen to five lanes. The Angel Brothers will begin the project in July and expects the project to be completed in approximately 2 years. A portion of Highway 146 will also be resurfaced, according to the press released from TxDOT. The $800,000 project will be funded by economic stimulus funds and will allow Angel Brothers to replace the surface and repair the concrete base in Dayton for approximately 2 miles. TxDOT states that motorists will be subject to some lane closures while the project is going on. State Representative John Otto states, “I am pleased that TxDOT will be breaking ground on this much needed expansion of SH 146. The improvements will better serve my constituents and the people who utilize this road. This stretch of highway has been notorious for accidents that have resulted in deaths, and I am pleased that this expansion will allow people to commute safely to and from their destinations.” The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted on Thursday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m. with Texas State representative John Otto, Ted Poe, County Judge Phil Fitzgerald, Dayton City Manager David Douglas and other elected Liberty County officials joining TxDOT District Engineer Randy Redmond for the event. BTA to meet The Big Thicket Association is the most active and staunchest advocate of the Big Thicket National Preserve. The next regular meeting of the BTA will be held at 9:00 a.m., July 11, at the Big Thicket Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, Texas 77585. New members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. The organization first met as a Big Thicket Historical Society on October 4, 1964 in the Methodist Church at Saratoga with Lance Rosier acting as president. By the second meeting on October 11th, the name was formally changed to Big Thicket Association. Dempsie Henley was a guest speaker. Henley was appointed by Governor Price Daniel to chair a Big Thicket Study Commission to establish a state park. The group met again on October 25 and Attorney Terrell Buchanan was asked to draw up a charter and articles of incorporation. On October 28 the group discussed buying the former school plant in Saratoga. The building later housed the Big Thicket Museum and now serves as the Big Thicket Field Research Station. On November 1, officials and a board of directors were nominated at a subsequent meeting on November 8 the election was held and Dempsie Henley became President. The Articles of Incorporation were submitted by Buchanan and signed by the Secretary of State Crawford C. Martin on November 13, 1964. The Big Thicket Association thus became recognized as a non-profit committed to expanding, enhancing and protecting the Big Thicket, a diverse, natural, scenic and recreational resource of national and international significance. The organization worked tirelessly to spark long term interest in preservation of the unique national resources of the region. In 1974 the Big Thicket National Preserve was established and 84,550 acres were preserved. Continuous commitment to Thicket expansion by BTA members and skilled networking abilities contributed to growth of the Thicket. In 2009, a total of 106,684 acres are currently protected. The Big Thicket Association continues to address a number of action issues and meets quarterly. It operates a website to inform the public on upcoming educational opportunities and field trips at www.btatx.org. In 2006, under the request of Congressman Kevin Brady, the BTA published a Strategic Plan for the stewardship of the Big Thicket National Preserve. This guide has outlined strategies that formed the basis for recent accomplishments and is available for viewing on the BTA website. To access a history of the BTA see www.btatx.org/About/BTALegacy.pdf.view. Legislative votes to lower electric bills



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