For a number of years, a proposed bypass around the city of LaGrange in Fayette County, Texas, has been in various planning stages with the ultimate objective of diverting highway traffic from the downtown area. Four possible routes have been studied in recent years, and a decision has now been made to proceed with Route A, the closest route to the city along the city's northern boundary (Fig. 1).

The archaeology section of the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation has been involved in cultural resource surveys along each of the proposed corridors and has located prehistoric archaeological sites on each route. Six sites were located along the proposed Route A. The survey of this route was undertaken in 1977.

Since a number of years have passed since the original survey and the area is starting to develop rather rapidly, a reassessment of the sites and the proposed corridor appeared to be in order. Some changes in both the sites and the corridor were noted and are detailed in this report.

Testing of these sites was limited since the State has yet to acquire the property and access and testing was limited to the willingness of the various landowners. Intensive testing will be delayed until the State has purchased the appropriate properties.

This reevaluation of the archaeological sites along Route A of the proposed bypass indicated that Site 41FY111 is the only site with adequate depth to require either intensive testing or excavations.

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