NET RMA officials confirm an investigation is underway for a potential archeological find off Toll 49.
According to Project Director Everett Owen, archeologists are on site to see if artifacts are present, however, Owen stated they do not anticipate a “major find.”
The exact location can not be released due to federal laws, but KETK has learned it is in Segment 4, or the Lindale Relief Route, which is currently under construction. This nearly seven mile stretch goes from I-20 to Highway 69 north of Lindale.
Owen said an engineering consultant will work with an archeologist consultant who will work with the Texas Historical Commission and Native American tribes.
The project is overseen by the state because some federal funds are being used in the project.
Owen stated they do not foresee the possible find slowing the completion date. The area under investigation is not considered part of the “critical path schedule” and can be avoided for months before any potential impact on the completion of the route.
According to the NET RMA website, the project will include the construction of two tolled lanes, construction of an additional frontage road bridge and potentially a mainlane bridge at the intersection between Toll 49 and I-20, bridges at FM 16, CR 4118, CR 431 and FM 849. Construction is projected to be finished in Spring 2018.