FM897 Road/Bridge and County Roads

NTMWD is spending more than $50 million to help construct and improve approximately 11 miles of county roads and bridges and state roads in Fannin County.

The largest road project was the construction of FM 897 from Highway 82 to FM 1396. More than six miles of new road including a 1.3-mile-long bridge have been built to provide access across the future Bois d’Arc Lake. This new road and bridge will replace the access previously provided by FM 1396, a part of which the new lake will impact.

Looking toward the northeast at the new FM 897 bridge

Construction on the FM 897 road and bridge began in spring 2018 and was completed in August of 2020. As of August 18th, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) inspected the road and bridge, and both are now open to the public.

More than a dozen county roads and bridges have also been constructed, improved or re-routed to ensure ease of navigation around the lake, with work continuing throughout the dam’s construction.

NTMWD will pay Fannin County more than $1.8 million over 10 years due to the impact that increased traffic from development and recreation could have on county roads. Additionally, the District will pay for and construct a Fannin County-owned-and-operated road maintenance facility.

Along with impacting county roads, Bois d’Arc Lake’s construction will impact Fannin County Electric Cooperative’s supply system. NTMWD is coordinating closely with the county to maintain power during construction and improve Fannin County’s high voltage service.

Photos of Work on FM 897 and County Roads:

Overview of New Road and Bridge Construction and Improvements:

  • $50 million spent to construct or improve 11 miles of state and county roads and bridges.
  • 6.2 miles of new two-lane FM roadway including 1.3 mile long bridge
  • Improved bridges and roads around the reservoir including construction of new bridges, rerouting of existing roads and closing existing roads that the lake will cover.