Bypassing Dublin via the new loop is closer than you may think.

Late last year, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) made official what locals had speculated on for years with an announcement about the upcoming loop around Dublin.

Ground was broken in 2013 and construction began on phase one. The first phase will take the loop north from Highway 6 (west of Dublin, toward De Leon) to meet US Highway 377 (towards Stephenville). The second phase will bring the loop south from Highway 6 to US 377 on the Comanche/Brownwood side. 

According to Natalie Galindo, public information officer for TXDOT, phase one is still on schedule to be completed this summer. 

Crews are currently tying the loop onto US Hwy. 377 on the north side of Dublin, Galindo said. Once that is complete, the crew will lay the top surface and final coat on the new roadway.

Galindo said the completion date for the second half of the loop, which will go from Texas Hwy. 6 to US Hwy. 377 on the south side of Dublin, is scheduled to be completed next summer (2015).