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TxDot project updates for the week of December 14

Released by Texas Department of Transportation:

TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Dec. 14, 2015. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.

With several rivers already high across portions of the region including the Sabine River and Red River, rainfall forecast for Northeast Texas starting Saturday is likely to result in additional rises and crests leading to flooded roads. TxDOT crews will monitor roadways and provide updates on problem areas and closures. Please visit DriveTexas.org for highway condition updates.

Motorists traveling SH 110S at FM 346 and Acker Tap in Whitehouse should be prepared to take other routes to avoid delays Monday through Wednesday as maintenance crews perform milling work that will require closing mainlanes as well as turn lanes. All work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Get more details in the Smith County section of this news release.

Meanwhile, contractor crews with CDM Holdings continue to place final striping and buttons on roadways across Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Smith and Van Zandt counties to finalize districtwide seal coat operations. Expect lane closures in these moving work zones.

ANDERSON COUNTY – Palestine crews plan to conduct blade level up work on SH 294 between FM 322 and US 79. Expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic.

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 project continues to progress with the contractor performing flex base on the south end of the job. Work in the southbound lanes includes cleanup concrete work and other activities in the curb and gutter section, priming flex base and pouring riprap. Sanderson Blvd. remains closed for with traffic detoured to Florence Street. Expect additional lane closures.

SH 19 Widening 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

Work is ongoing to widen SH 19 in this area. Lane closures and delays are to be expected as flex base and cement treat operations progress. Flaggers and a pilot car are providing traffic control.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

Limits: County Road (CR) 471 at Box Creek and County Road (CR) 4801 at Indian Creek

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

Cost: $817,412.15

CR 471 at Box Creek is closed to through traffic as a new bridge is built. Completion is set for January.

CR 4801 at Indian Creek is also closed to through traffic. A new detour is now in place and the existing bridge is being removed.

                                                                        

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Rusk crews plan to conduct shoulder and edge repairs on US 84E as well as ditch maintenance on FM 241. The Jacksonville crew is set to conduct maintenance activities at the intersection of US 79 and SH 204. Expect lane closures at both locations with flaggers providing traffic control.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., crews to add striping on FM 347 as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

FM 22 and FM 23 Widening Project

Limits: From US 69 south of Jacksonville going SW to 1.5 miles west of FM 768 (Gallatin area); FM 23 from FM 343 to FM 1857

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

Cost: $8.5 million

The contractor anticipates starting culvert work on FM 22. No work is scheduled for FM 23. These are safety projects designed to widen the roadways from 20’ to 24’ along a 4.2 mile section.

US 69 Widening and Resurfacing

Limits: From Loop 456 in Jacksonville going south to just north of Loop 62 in Rusk

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

Cost: $11.5 million

The contractor continues work in the median on this project to add 2’ edge treatment and resurfacing the roadway. No planned lane closures.

US 69 Widening and Resurfacing

Limits: From 0.028 mile south of FM 343 in Rusk southward to just north of SH 21 in Alto

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

Cost: $9.7 million

No work is currently scheduled for this project.

GREGG COUNTY – Longview crews plan to continue asphalt mill and inlay work on US 271 south of Gladewater at the intersections of SH 135N and Loop 485S. Expect lane closures in NB and SB lanes.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

I-20 Total Maintenance Contract

Limits: Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties

Contractor: Fireman Excavating

The contractor has moved the work to the eastbound and westbound mainlanes in Smith County. Expect lane closures and delays during this 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

No work this week for 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. No traffic impacts.

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segments II & III)

•      Limits: McCann Road to US 259

•      Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.

•      Cost: $12.8 million

This project is constructing a new roadway from McCann Road to US 259. 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.

FM 449

Limits: US 259 to FM 2751

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

No work planned this week on this project to widen the road and add shoulders.

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 to build a new overpass is in Phase III of construction with traffic moved off the existing loop onto the detours. Concrete work on the bridge approaches is ongoing. 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

No work is occurring on this job this week. The project is constructing a left turn lane at Hillcrest Road along with storm drain and curb and gutter. Project completion expected soon. Expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic.

I-20 PFC Project

Limits: SH 31E to the Harrison County line

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

Cost: $5,584,277

Motorists should expect daytime delays as the contractor makes repairs to bridge joints on the eastbound and westbound lanes. Embankment is also being placed on shoulders and ramps at SH 42 and SH 31. Expect intermittent ramp closures. Alternate routes encouraged if possible.

The 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. 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.

Landscaping Projects

Limits: Intersection of SH 31 at SH 42

Limits: Intersections of I-20 at Estes Parkway; and I-20 at Eastman Road

Contractor: South Texas Illuminations, LLC

Cost: $400,000

This is a landscaping project to enhance various intersections throughout Gregg and Rusk counties. Crews are working at the intersections of SH 42 and SH 31, and I-20, Estes Pkwy and Eastman Road. The majority of the work is outside the travel lane in the median and should have little impact on traffic. The travelling public should be cautious of construction vehicles entering and leaving the project sites.

HENDERSON COUNTY – Athens crews plan to spend the first few days of the week at the Athens Municipal Airport making base repairs in preparation for crack seal operations. A second crew will be addressing needed repairs on eastbound SH 31 between Trinidad and Malakoff. This part of SH 31 will be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control. Later in the week, crews will perform edge repair work on FM 317 between FM 314 and FM 315. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., crews to add striping on FM 2709 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

The contractor is currently placing striping on this roadway and anticipates guardrail work to start soon. The project consists of milling the existing surface and placing a new overlay on the roadway. Expect lane closures on this job which is expected to be completed by the end of this month. 

US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)

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 expands US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided with a depressed median. A traffic switch now has eastbound motorists driving on the new detour. Drivers should expect one lane carrying two-way traffic throughout the project limits as well as occasional day time lane closures. Drivers on adjacent county roads and FM 804 should anticipate a change in traffic flow due to the detour now requiring two-way traffic on US 175. Dirt and drainage work around Loop 60E in Larue to near Baxter is ongoing. The speed limit in the construction zone has been set at 55 mph so slow down because traffic fines double when workers are present. Phase I construction started April 6, 2015 and has an anticipated completion date in November 2018.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase II)

Limits: 1.1 miles east of Loop 60B to 0.85 mile east of FM 315

Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc., of San Antonio

Cost: $37.8 million

Construction is underway on this Phase II project to expand US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided with a depressed median. Drivers should anticipate two-way traffic throughout the project limits which stretch 3.4 miles ending just east of FM 315 in Poynor. The speed limit has been set at 55 mph.

A portion of this phase will be built on new location around the south side of Poynor. This like Phase I, is a mobility project to add capacity and improve safety, and includes adding one lane in each direction. It is a two-year project.

FM 315/FM 1616 Widening Project

Limits: From FM 314S to CS End at County Road 4325, 4224, etc.

Contractor: Big Creek Construction, LTD, of Hewitt, Texas

Cost: $3.07 million

FM 315 has been widened and prepared for surface mix operations to begin. The contractor is installing new driveway pipe on FM 1616. Drivers should anticipate two-way traffic throughout the project limits with daily lane closures. Completion expected in summer 2016.

FM 316 Widening Project

Limits: From FM 1256 south to FM 3080

Contractor: Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Hewitt

No work is planned this week on the widening project.

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 as a new bridge is built. Completion set for January.

RUSK COUNTY – Henderson crews plan to resume edge repair work on FM 839 between FM 1662 and US 84.Expect lanes closures with traffic control provided by flaggers and a pilot car.  

Rusk County construction projects updates:

FM 3135

Limits: County Road 222 to County Road 262

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

This project consists of widening the road and adding shoulders. The contractor will be conducting work on culverts and seeding edge of roadway. Expect lane closures and delays with two-way traffic control provided by flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Slow down and use caution.

FM 95

Limits: FM 1798 to SH 315

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

This project consists of widening the road and adding shoulders. Contractor will be installing safety end treatments on driveways and extending cross culverts. Traffic can expect some delays. Motorists are reminded to use caution in this and all work zones.

US 79 Repair Project Night Operations

Limits: From FM 225 going north to the Traffic Star (intersection of US 79/SH 64/SH 43/US 259)

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company

Cost: $5.2 million

Daytime work continues with striping of the mainlanes during the day. Lane closures and delays can be expected as work is conducted Monday through Friday. Watch for flaggers providing traffic control. The resurfacing project is expected to be completed this winter providing motorists a smoother, safer ride.

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

The contractor plans to apply striping on the mainlanes. Expect lane closures on this job to widen SH 64 through Henderson.

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.

Landscaping Projects

Limits: SH 64 and US 79

Contractor: South Texas Illuminations, LLC

Cost: $400,000

This is a landscaping project to enhance various locations in Rusk County (in conjunction with the contract in Gregg County.) Crews are working on SH 64 and Loop 571. The majority of the work is outside the travel lane in the median and should have little impact on traffic. The travelling public should be cautious of construction vehicles entering and leaving the project sites.

SMITH COUNTY – Tyler Maintenance plans to conduct milling work on SH 110S at the FM 346 and Acker Tap intersections in Whitehouse. All work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Watch for flaggers providing traffic control.

Monday: SH 110S outside mainlanes going north and south closed at the FM 346 signal; outside left turn lanes and right turn lanes closed on FM 346 at the signals

Tuesday: SH 110S inside mainlanes and outside left turn lane closed

Wednesday: Work moves to SH 110 and Acker Tap. Westbound lane of Acker Tap to be closed for milling

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., crews to add striping on FM 346 as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

Smith County construction projects updates:                        

FM 1253 Widening Project

Limits: From County Road 462 south, 1.3 miles north of FM 857 south to FM 1805; FM 1804 from Wood County line to US 69; FM 2015 from CR 313 to FM 16

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

Cost: $7.5 million

This contract contains three project locations, including the widening, sealing and resurfacing of  FM 1253.

Widening work is set to start on FM 1253 from County Road 462 S, 1.3 miles north of FM 857 southward to FM 1805. Expect lane closures. Crews working on FM 1804 plan to install driveway culverts which could require closures with flaggers assisting. Current work on FM 2015 does not require lane closures.

Loop 323 West Widening

•      Limits: Tyler’s West Loop and SH 31

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

•      Cost: $12 million

Temporary detours remain in place as work on the retaining walls, drainage and the new bridge continues. No left turns from Loop 323 onto Bellwood East. Motorists should use caution when traveling through this work zone as crews and heavy equipment are working close to the travel lanes. 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. Construction is in full swing with an expected completion date in early 2016. 

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

Work continues on edges and placing final striping on this portion of Loop 323. The project includes culvert extensions, base repair, level-up and placing an overlay. Expect daily shoulder closures. Completion expected later this winter.

SH 31E Widening Project

•      Limits: From FM 757 to FM 2012

•      Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, LTD

•      Cost: $7.8 million

No work is planned on this project. When work resumes, expect shoulder closures as excavation and embankment work continue on the north side of this project designed 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

Final inspection work continues for this project which includes widening SH 31 east of Tyler  by building passing lanes for multiple sections of the roadway in both directions. The new passing lanes are open to traffic. Expect shoulder closures.

SH 64

•      Limits: from Chapel Hill to Arp

•      Contractor: Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches

•      Cost: $3.9 million

Expect lane closures as crews conduct driveway work and place concrete riprap on this project to add passing lanes between FM 2607 and Arp. Motorists are urged to use extra caution when traveling through this work zone.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Canton crews will continue to address maintenance issues around the county including ditch work, patching potholes, mailbox requests, and other activities. 

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., crews to add striping on FM 47 and FM 2909 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

The new passing lanes are open to traffic as crews continue to apply the final hot mix surface to the roadway. This work is expected to be completed later this month, weather permitting, so motorists should be prepared for daily lane closures. This project is expected to improve safety and mobility on SH 64.

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

Work to backfill the structures on the east side of the roadway continues. 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

Erosion control activities continue south of Edom. No lane closures planned.

Purtis Creek State Park Road Improvements Project 

Limits: Within Purtis Creek State Park to just off FM 316  

·         Contractor: Construction Companies Group, LLC  

Cost: $90,549.00

Cleanup work continues on this project to upgrade Park Road which runs .573 miles inside the park. It should be completed soon. No lane closures planned.

WOOD COUNTY – Mineola crews are addressing ditch maintenance at several locations: FM 515 at FM 17; FM 17 at County Road 1558; and on FM 1804 at Mineola. Base repairs and level up work will be conducted on FM 14 between FM 49 and SH 154. Expect lane closures at all locations with flaggers providing traffic control. 

TxDOT contractor, Striping Technology, Inc., crews to add striping on FM 515, FM 2869, and SH 154 as part of the district-wide safety project to add centerline rumble strips. Expect lane closures.

Wood County construction projects updates:

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

No work on this site which runs from 0.4 miles south of FM 515 in Winnsboro southward to FM 2088.

FM 2869 Project

Limits: From FM 852, south of Winnsboro going south to FM 2088

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

Work on pavement edges as well as guardrail on northbound and southbound lanes of travel within the project limits. Expect lane closures.

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