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This panoramic photo shows the progress of construction at the section of Highway 194 that
buckled after heavy rains and a mudslide struck the area on July 16. Photo courtesy Serena

Originally published: 2013-09-03 23:29:36
Last modified: 2013-09-03 23:31:33

Local businesses benefit from Highway 194 construction work

Caroline Harris / (

Construction crews continue to work around the clock at the Highway 194 construction site. It was the DOT’s decision to use local contractors to get the job done rather than putting a contract out for bids. The contractors are Teaberry Construction of Elk Park, Randy Burleson Trucking, Todd Burleson Grading and Paving and Tony Burleson Trucking. Contractors agree that the project has had a positive impact on the local economy.

Bob Garland of Teaberry Construction said it has been good for business.

“It’s been good for us and hard on the machinery. We work from 7 in the morning to midnight,” Garland said. In addition to eight full-time workers, Garland has also had to hire five part-time workers to do the job of hauling stone to the site from the quarries.

“We are working to the end of the project. I hope we’re the last off the lot,” Garland said.

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