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TxDOT Project Updates for the Week of Aug. 3, 2015

Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Aug. 3, 2015. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues:

Expect delays Sunday, Aug. 2, as night work continues on the Loop 323 West Widening project in Tyler. The northbound outside lane will be closed for more paving work on the east side of the roadway where a temporary detour is being built. Lane closures will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

More information on this project is available in the Smith County construction updates portion of this release.

Night work is also slated for US 79 in Anderson County from Loop 256 in Palestine going southwest. The work starts Tuesday and necessitates lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Get more information in the Anderson County construction updates. 

Districtwide Seal Coat Operations have resumed 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 is performing base repair work on SH 155, SH 294 and FM 1990. Expect daytime lane closures.

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:

US 79 New Lane Construction

Limits: 1.6 miles southwest of Loop 256 in Palestine south to .4 mile southwest of FM 645

Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview.

Cost: $42,740,365.19

The contractor is excavating and hauling dirt on the south end of the project. Work is underway to prepare the section on the northbound travel lane of the Sanderson Farms intersection for concrete paving. No traffic delays are expected during this work.

US 79 – Night Work Repairs

Limits: Loop 256 in Palestine southwest to 1.4 miles southwest of FM 1990 (Tile Factory Road)

Contractor: Big Creek Construction of Hewitt, TX

Cost: $2,374,737.51

This work will be conducted at night starting Tuesday, Aug. 4 and requires closing the roadway from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night through Thursday. Going forward, starting the following week work is slated for Thursday through Sunday nights each week for the duration of the project. The roadway will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

SH 19 in Anderson County

Limits: 3.6 miles north of FM 837 (Henderson Co. line) south to .4 mile north of FM 321 at Montalba

Contractor: Big Creek Construction of Hewitt

Cost: $12,487,715.87

Contractor will be performing flex base and cement treat operations. Expect lane closures and delays.  

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 in August 2015.

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 – Cherokee County Maintenance is performing overlay level up work on FM 13. The roadway is down to one lane with signage and flaggers providing direction through the work zone.

GREGG COUNTY – Longview Maintenance crews are back on FM 2204/Stone Road placing an overlay between FM 2011 traveling west to FM 2276. The roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control. Expect delays in this location for the next couple of weeks.

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 in August 2015.

I-20 Total Maintenance Contract (closures for asphalt milling operations)

  • Monday, Aug. 3,  the 1-20 westbound exit ramp at SH 42 in Gregg County will be closed
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, the westbound entrance ramp at SH 42 will be closed
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, the eastbound exit ramp at SH 42 will be closed
  • Thursday, Aug. 6, the eastbound ramp at SH 42 will be closed

Limits: Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties

Contractor: Fireman Excavating

Work is resuming this week in Van Zandt County where hot mix is being milled with closures in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Also, on I-20 at SH 42 in Gregg County, the westbound exit and entrance ramp will be closed Monday night for mill and inlay operations. Tuesday night, the eastbound exit and entrance ramp for SH 42 will be closed for the same work.

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 motorists should plan to take other routes to get around Airline Road is closed through March 2016.

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 in the westbound mainlanes from the Harrison County line to the Sabine River. 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 will return to SH 274 where a hot mix overlay is being applied. Work will then move to the intersection of SH 198 and FM 316. A second crew continues making base repairs on various roads around the county. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on FM 2709 Henderson County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

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 underway 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 and edge repairs on FM 839 from US 79 to FM 1798 as well as base repairs on FM 225 from FM 1798 to US 84. Crews will also be fixing base failures on FM 2658 from SH 43 to FM 1251. Expect lane closures at all locations with traffic reduced to 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.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on FM 13, US 79 and SH 149 in Rusk County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

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

The contractor is applying a seal coat on the northbound lanes of US 259 from FM 1798 to SH 315 this week. 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. Use caution through this work zone.

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 joined by one of the Special Jobs crews this week to conduct seal coat operations on I-20 service roads and overpasses at Joy Wright Mountain Road, Philpot Road and Howell Lake Road. A second crew on Monday continues base repairs on SH 135 between Troup and Arp but on Tuesday moves to Toll 49 just south of I-20. On Wednesday, the crew returns to SH 135. Expect the work at each of these locations to be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control.  

Smith County construction projects updates: 

Loop 323 West Widening

Limits: Tyler’s West Loop and SH 31

Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview

Cost: $12 million

More night work is planned for this widening and bridge replacement project on Tyler’s West Loop. The project is in full swing with an expected completion date in early 2016. The contractor last week placed the steel beams for the permanent bridge and is currently working on the retaining walls on both sides of the roadway as well as a hot mix application on the east side of the road as part of a temporary detour.

This week’s planned night work happens Sunday and will require lane closures so motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes.

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.

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 project is nearing completion.

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 deck on CR 452 later in the week as well as pouring traffic rail on CR 481. 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 placing an overlay on SH 110 north of Van from  FM 1805 to FM 1255. Expect lanes closures during this job which could take up to two weeks to complete.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on these roads in Van Zandt County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips: SH 19, FM 1255, FM 2909, FM 1504, FM 751 and FM 47. 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 continue maintenance work on Loop 564. Expect lane closures.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., will have a crew adding striping on FM 515, FM 2869 and SH 154 in Wood County as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. 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 continues to place the final surface on the length of this project from just south of FM 313 in Winnsboro southward toward FM 2088. Expect lane closures. 

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