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TxDOT project updates for the week of Aug. 10, 2015

Released by the Texas Department of Transportation:

Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Aug. 10, 2015. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Motorists are reminded to put safety first by slowing down and paying attention when driving through work zones.

Expect delays Sunday, Aug. 9, as more night work is planned for the Loop 323 West Widening project in Tyler. The contractor will be switching traffic onto the new temporary northbound detour so that work can begin on the southbound lanes. Lane closures will occur between 7 p.m., Sunday and 6 a.m., Monday. 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.

Districtwide Seal Coat Operations continue in several counties this week as follows:

  • FM 1805 in Smith County from the Van Zandt County line northeast for 1.8 miles to FM 1253
  • FM 1805 in Van Zandt County from SH 110 going NE to 1.8 miles W of FM 1253 (Smith County line)
  • FM 16 in Van Zandt County from SH 64 east to I-20
  • FM 316 in Van Zandt County from SH 198 at Phalba south to FM 1861 (Henderson County Line)
  • FM 756 in Smith County from FM 346 south to FM 344
  • FM 13 in Cherokee County from Smith County line going southeast and east to Rusk County Line
  • FM 13 in Smith County from SH 135 in Troup going south to the Cherokee County line
  • FM 13 in Rusk County from the Cherokee County line to SH 42

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

ANDERSON COUNTY – Palestine Maintenance is working on FM 837 between SH 155 and FM 315. Once that’s completed they’ll move to SH 155 to conduct base repairs between FM 2267 and Frankston. Expect daytime 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

The start date of this project to make repairs to US 79 has been pushed to Sunday, Aug. 16. The work will require closing the roadway from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night Sunday through Thursday for the duration of the project. 

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

The 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 – On Monday, Rusk Maintenance plans to work on SH 21E between Alto and the Nacogdoches County line, while the crew in Jacksonville will return to FM 13 to conduct routine maintenance activities. Tuesday has both crews on US 79 conducting surface work between Jacksonville and New Summerfield. This work is expected to take about three weeks to complete. Expect delays with traffic control at both locations provided through signage, flaggers and attenuators.

GREGG COUNTY – Longview Maintenance crews continue work on FM 2204/Stone Road to place an overlay between FM 2011 traveling west to FM 2276. Expect delays as this work continues for another week. The roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control. Work could also occur on US 259 (Kilgore Bypass). Expect lane closures.

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

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

Project work is scheduled to resume August 17 in Van Zandt County where hot mix is being milled with closures in both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

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 which 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 continues 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 is performing overlay operations on SH 198 near FM 316 this week. A second crew is repairing base failures on FM 316 going north between US 175 and FM 1861. 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 continues 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. Expect daytime lane closures.

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

Seal coat operations are expected to start August 17 on this project to widen 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 continues base and edge repair work 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.

FM 782 near the intersection of FM 1716 is open to traffic again after undergoing emergency repairs to replace the culvert washed out during spring rains. 

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 continues seal coat applications 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 split with one returning to SH 135 to make pavement repairs at the west city limits of Arp, and the other performing ditch work on various roadways throughout the county. Expect delays with both roadways reduced to one travel lane and flaggers providing traffic control.

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

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 temporary detour is complete and will become operational during a traffic switch Sunday evening, August 9. The contractor also continues work on the retaining walls on both sides of the roadway. Expect lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid delays.

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 and base repairs are planned this week. Expect daily 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

Expect shoulder closures as work on structures and embankment continue 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. A daily construction speed limit of 60 mph is in place 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 project to widen SH 31E from FM 850 east of Tyler to FM 757 includes adding passing lanes for multiple sections of the roadway in both directions. The new passing lanes are open as final work is done.

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 traffic rail at both locations. 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 on the west end of the project. 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

This project consists of resurfacing the roadway by placing an overlay from FM 2607 to SH 135 in Overton. Vegetation work is being performed with no closures expected this week.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Canton Maintenance returns to SH 110 where an overlay is being applied north of Van from FM 1805 to FM 1255. This job could take more than a week to complete. Expect lane closures.

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 spring weather has construction a bit behind schedule.

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 is 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 working on the rumble strips and pavement edges on the mainlanes and ramps. Expect daily lane closures of one entrance or exit ramp per day. No project work occurs on Friday’s.

WOOD COUNTY – On Monday and Tuesday, Mineola Maintenance returns to Loop 564 between FM 49 and SH 37 to make base repairs. The rest of the week consists of applying a seal coat on FM 1643 from SH 37 to FM 515. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. 

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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