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TxDOT updates for week of July 27

Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of July 27, 2015. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.

Expect delays Sunday afternoon, July 26, on the Loop 323 West Widening project in Tyler when the northbound outside lane closes for work on the on the east side of the roadway as part of a detour. With the removal of the old railroad bridge complete, the contractor is planning to implement night operations again starting Wednesday, July 29, necessitating multiple lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Thursday. Motorists should use alternate routes during this time. Caution is advised.

The remaining structure at this location was built to temporarily allow the railroad to use the tracks and will be removed once the new bridge is built. More information on this project is available in the Smith County construction updates portion of this release.

REMINDER: In Longview, a portion of Airline Road is set for closure from Monday, July 27 – March 2016 as the contractor for the new FM 2275 construction project prepares to build a new intersection. The closure will start just north of Pliler Precise Road and continue to just north of Henderson Lane, which will also be closed to through traffic. Henderson Lane residents should exit to the east to take US 259. All other motorists are advised to take alternate routes using US 259 North, exiting onto Tryon Road to the west, and proceeding northward or southward on Airline Road to reach their destinations.

Get more information on the FM 2275 project in the Gregg County section of this news release.

Districtwide Seal Coat Operations resume Monday, July 27, starting in Wood County with work being conducted at the following locations:

  • SH 11 from .2 mile north of FM 852W (Winnsboro) eastward to .6 mile east of FM 1647
  • FM 288 from SH 154 south to SH 182 near Lake Fork Reservoir
  • FM 779 from US 69 east to SH 37
  • US 69 from .35 mile north of SH 182 (Rains County line) to 1.6 miles south of FM 779.

Striping operations continue on previously sealed roadways in Anderson, Cherokee, and Van Zandt counties. Expect lane closures.

Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance plans to complete hot mix blade overlay operations on FM 837 between SH155 and FM 315 in Bushy Creek south of Franklin. Crews will then perform shoulder work along that same location. Expect lane closures with traffic control provided by flaggers.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on FM 323 in Anderson County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

Anderson County construction projects updates:

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Road (CR) 453 at Beaver Creek
  • Contractor: Highway 19 Construction of Sulphur Springs, Texas
  • Cost: $256,312.87

CR 453 remains closed at Beaver Creek as a new bridge is built. Motorists must use alternate routes to reach their destinations. This project will be completed this month.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Road (CR) 471 at Box Creek
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $817,412.15

CR 471 at Box Creek is closed to through traffic while a new bridge is constructed. The project is expected to be completed in August 2015.

Cherokee County – Crews in Jacksonville and Rusk along with a Special Jobs Crew are sealing FM 3052 and FM 177. Expect both roadways to be reduced to one lane in the work areas with flaggers and a pilot vehicle providing traffic control.

Gregg County – Longview Maintenance crews are placing an overlay on FM 2204/Stone Road between SH 322 and FM 2276. The roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

Spur 63 (McCann Road) at Guthrie Creek

  • Limits: approximately 0.1 mile north and south of Guthrie Creek
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $435,000

This emergency repair contract will restore and stabilize the box culvert and its wing walls at Guthrie Creek. Expect daytime lane closures after 9 a.m. Work should be completed by July 31, 2015.

I-20 Total Maintenance Contract

  • Limits: Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties
  • Contractor: Fireman Excavating

No work is planned this week on this maintenance contract covering Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties.

SH 31 Landscape Project

  • Limits: 0.3 miles north of FM 2205 (Grace Creek) to 0.2 miles south of U.S. 80 (Cotton) in Longview
  • Contractor: South Texas Illuminations, LLC
  • Cost: $281,249.70

Work is underway but should not impact traffic on this project which comes as a result of the city winning one of 10 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards presented by Keep Texas Beautiful in partnership with TxDOT, which allocates $2,000,000 a year as landscape incentives to competing communities based on population and efforts in litter prevention and cleanup, public awareness, beautification and property improvement, solid waste management, illegal dumping and enforcement, and education. 

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segments II & III)

  • Limits: McCann Road to U.S. 259
  • Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.
  • Cost: $12.8 million

Clearing between Judson and Airline roads continues with excavation, embankment, bridge construction, subgrade treatment, storm drain and other work between McCann and Judson roads. The contractor recently began paving operations. While this is a new location project that generally doesn’t impact traffic, as stated at the top of the release, motorists should plan to take other routes when Airline Road closes to traffic on Monday, July 27. 

Loop 281 at FM 2087 Overpass

  • Limits: SH 31 to approximately one mile south of SH 31
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview.
  • Cost: $13.2 million

This project is in Phase III of construction with traffic moved off the existing loop onto the detours. The contractor is forming and pouring bridge rail. Expect delays during the peak evening hours. Caution advised in detour areas.

SH 42

  • Limits: From SH 31 north to I-20
  • Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, Ltd. 
  • Cost: $3.7 million

The contractor is constructing a left turn lane at Hillcrest Road along with storm drain and curb and gutter. Work is occurring behind the existing curb with minimal impact to traffic. The majority of the work will be conducted at night and should be finished in early fall. Use caution in this and all work zones.

I-20 Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)

  • Locations

·       East of FM 1255 westbound - Van Zandt County

·       West of FM 849 eastbound - Smith County

·       Derrick Park westbound - Smith County

  • Contractor: Highway Intelligent Traffic Solutions Corp.

Final testing of these signs continues. There is sporadic impact to traffic as this project nears completion.

I-20 PFC Project

  • Limits: SH 31E to the Harrison County line
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $5,584,277

This project consists of applying a porous friction course (PFC) surface overlay, shoulder texturing, and pavement markings as well as work on the I-20 on ramps. Work this week will occur on the ramps to SH 149 at Estes Parkway, which will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, for overlay work. Motorists should expect lane closures and use alternate routes to reach their destinations.

Porous friction courses (PFC) consist of placing hot mix asphalt mixtures at the surface of a pavement structure in a thin layer to produce benefits for the traveling public such as safety, economy and the environment.

Henderson County – Athens Maintenance are placing a hot mix overlay on SH 274 in the Seven Points area. A second crew continues making base repairs on various roads around the county. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

SH 31 Repair Project

  • Limits: .09 miles west of FM 317 eastward to .34 miles west of FM 773
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Hewitt
  • Cost: $3.6 million

Work is expected to start Monday, July 27, on this project that calls for milling the existing surface and placing a new overlay on the roadway. It should be completed in three months. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures throughout the duration project.

US 175 Widening Project

  • Limits: 0.1 miles southeast of FM 804 near Baxter southeast to 1.1 miles east of Loop 60E at Larue
  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. and Big Creek Construction
  • Cost: $39.2 million

The project will expand U.S. 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with a depressed median. Construction of this Phase I project started April 6, 2015 and should be completed in November 2018.

FM 317 Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 314 to FM 607
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Hewitt

Big Creek Construction is conducting cleanup activities and final installations on this job. The project is widening FM 317 from FM 314 to FM 607. Expect lane closures.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: Cardinal Drive at Little Duncan Creek in Murchison
  • Contractor: Hartbeat Construction of Tyler
  • Cost: $314,919.44

Cardinal Drive is closed to through traffic while a new bridge is constructed. The project is expected to be completed in August 2015.

Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance is conducting base repairs on FM 1251 between FM 3135 and the Panola County line. A second crew is maintaining the edges on FM 839 from US 79 to FM 1798. Expect lane closures at both locations with all traffic utilizing one lane. 

Detours continue on FM 782 which is closed to through traffic near the north intersection of FM 1716 as the contractor prepares to replace the culvert washed out during recent rain events. Traffic is being redirected to FM 1797 and FM 1716. This job will be completed in about a month.

Rusk County construction project updates:

US 259 Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: From FM 315 in Mt. Enterprise north to CR 485 about 3 miles north of the FM 1798 overpass
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $4,309,817.27

Mill and inlay is being conducted on the northbound lanes of US 259 from FM 1798 to SH 315 this week.  Work includes milling away more than two inches of thickness from the current surface and applying one course surface treatment and an inch and a half PFC surface. The project is expected to take approximately two months to complete. Expect lane closures.

SH 64 Widening Project

  • Limits: 0.173 miles west of BU 64E (N. Marshall St.) east to 0.2 miles west of U.S. 79 (Traffic Star)
  • Contractor: Lonestar Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Cost: $2.1 million

Motorists should expect periodic delays on this SH 64 construction project in Henderson as the contractor works to widen the roadway. Construction of the retaining wall continues with no impact to traffic at this time. The traffic signal at N. Marshall St. has been removed and Stop Signs installed. The signal at Mill St. will remain but will be upgraded.

The project started in August 2013 and consists of widening the existing two-lane roadway and constructing a four-lane facility along with a continuous Left Turn Lane with the majority of work being performed outside the existing travel lanes. It is expected to be completed in late summer 2015.

Smith County – Tyler Maintenance crews are performing base repairs on SH 135 just south of Arp, and continuing ditch work on roadways around Smith County. Expect lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on FM 2661 in Smith County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

Smith County construction projects updates: 

Loop 323 West Widening

  • Limits: Tylers West Loop and SH 31
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $12 million

This widening and bridge replacement project is in full swing with an expected completion date in early 2016. The contractor is currently working on the retaining walls on both sides of the roadway. Hot mix is being placed on the east side of the road as part of a detour. Expect lane closures and use caution when traveling through this active work zone.

The project includes widening Loop 323 from SH 31 to Shaw Street. The speed limit on Loop 323 in the work zone has been reduced to 45 mph from SH 64 to Shaw Street.

Loop 323 Northeast Project

  • Limits: From American Legion Road (@ the Loop 323 Extension to US 271) south to Commerce St.
  • Contractor:  Reynolds and Kay, LTD.
  • Cost: $3.4 million

This project includes culvert extensions, base repair, level-up and placing an overlay. Culvert work continues. Expect shoulder closures. The project should be completed in November 2015.

SH 31E Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 757 to FM 2012
  • Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, LTD
  • Cost: $7.8 million

Work on structures and embankment is ongoing in the eastbound lanes of this project to add passing lanes for multiple sections of roadway in both the eastbound and westbound directions. Once the widening is complete, a seal coat and final surface will be applied. Motorists should expect delays and shoulder closures as wells as a daily construction speed limit of 60 mph when work is being performed on this 18-month job. Expect shoulder closures.

SH 31E Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 850 to FM 757
  • Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.
  • Cost: $3.4 million

This portion of SH 31E from FM 850 east of Tyler to FM 757 is being widened to add passing lanes for multiple sections of the roadway in both directions. The new passing lanes are open to traffic and the wrap the project should up next month.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Road (CR) 46 at Prairie Creek Tributary
  • Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.
  • Cost: $490,000

The new bridge is completed and CR 46 is open to traffic. Final inspections continue as project winds down.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Roads (CR) 452 and 481
  • Contractor: Pierce Construction
  • Cost: $560,000

Both roads are closed to through traffic with the contractor pouring the concrete decks for both bridges. Motorists must use alternate routes to reach their destinations. The work is expected to be completed and the roads opened to traffic in October 2015.    

SH 64

  • Limits: from Chapel Hill to Arp
  • Contractor: Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches
  • Cost: $3.9 million

Work on the passing lanes between FM 2607 and Arp is underway. TxDOT reminds motorists to use extra caution and to watch for flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control through this work zone. The Super 2 widening project continues and consists of clearing and grading. Current work includes cement treating subgrade and placing flex base for the passing lanes between FM 2607 and Arp. The daily speed zone reduction is posted at 60 mph when workers are present. Expect delays and traffic control conducted by flaggers and a pilot car.

FM 850 Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: 0.445 miles southeast of FM 2607 to the Rusk County line in Overton
  • Contractor:  Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches
  • Cost: $2.1 million

Edge work and striping are being conducted on this project which consists of resurfacing the roadway by placing an overlay from FM 2607 to SH 135 in Overton. Flaggers and a pilot car are providing traffic control. Expect lane closures and delays as the project wraps up mid-week.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Canton Maintenance is fixing base failures on FM 316 between FM 1256 and FM 3080. Once completed, they’ll move to SH 110 north of Van to conduct level up work. Expect lane closures.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on SH 19 and SH 64 in Van Zandt County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

Van Zandt County construction projects updates:

SH 64 Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 858 near Ben Wheeler to FM 314
  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., of Buffalo
  • Cost: $7.4 million

Work started in December 2012 on this widening project to add shoulders and passing lanes. The project is expected to be completed in August 2015 but construction is behind due to excessive rain in the spring.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Projects

  • Locations:

·       County Road (CR) 2702 at Lacy Fork Tributary

·       County Road (CR) 2129 at Flat Creek

  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $1.02 million

Both roads are open for travel as the contractor conducts final oversight activities.

SH 198 Widening Project

  • Limits: from SH 243 in Canton southwest to 0.4 miles northeast of FM 316 near Phalba
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Waco
  • Cost: $5 million

Culvert work continues on this widening project. Expect lane closures.

FM 314 Widening Project

  • Limits: from I-20 to the Van Zandt/Henderson County line
  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., of Buffalo
  • Cost: $11.9 million

The contractor is finishing rehabilitation work, including dressing up the slopes and placing sod south of Edom. Work also being performed north of FM 279 for one mile. Expect lane closures.

I-20 Project

  • Limits: From 1.6 miles east of FM 16 to 2.9 miles east of FM 314
  • Contractor: APAC-Texas, Inc.
  • Cost: $2.4 million

The contractor is conducting work on the pavement edges on the mainlanes and ramps. Expect daily lane closures of one entrance or exit ramp per day. Due to traffic impacts no work is planned for Friday’s.

Wood County – Mineola Maintenance continues base repair work on FM 14 from FM 49 to SH 154. Other maintenance work is being conducted on Loop 564. Expect lane closures.

Wood County construction project update:

SH 37 Roadway Repair

  • Limits: from FM 2088 in Quitman to 0.4 miles south of FM 515 in Winnsboro
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $7.7 million

The contractor is laying the final surface from just south of FM 313 in Winnsboro southward toward FM 2088. Expect lane closures. 

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