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East Texas construction projects for the week of Sept. 26

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Released by the Texas Department of Transportation:

TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Sept. 26, 2016. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.

Districtwide seal coat operations are winding down with work moving to SH 155 in Anderson County this week. Work will be conducted from 1255N to FM 16 in Van. This daytime work is being conducted by the contractor, Brannan Paving Co., LTD, of Victoria, Texas. Ongoing activities include placing the final striping and reflective buttons on roads where seal coat has been completed.

The summer seal coat operation is the department’s preventive maintenance program that helps preserve roads by sealing them to keep water out, thereby, adding years of life to them, and lessening the required maintenance while providing a new driving surface for motorists. Seal coat applications are conducted on roads around the Tyler District’s eight counties. Motorists should bypass seal coat locations when possible to avoid delays.

ANDERSON COUNTY – Palestine Maintenance resumes widening operations on FM 19 between SH 155 and FM 2574. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.    

Anderson County construction projects updates:

US 79 New Lane Construction Project

•       Limits: 1.6 miles southwest of Loop 256 in Palestine south to the Trinity River

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

•       Cost: $42.7 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018

Project work currently centers on the area from CR 2205 to just south of FM 645. The contractor is working on detours in the area of FM 645 at Tucker. This project expands a 5.3 mile section of US 79 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a continuous left turn lane and a depressed median. Work started in November 2012.

SH 19 Widening Project

  • 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: $12.5 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

Culvert, driveway and utility work is ongoing along the right of way where this roadway is being widened. Expect daily lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The posted speed limit is 55 mph.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Road (CR) 471 at Box Creek; CR 4801 at Indian Creek; CR 1231 at Stills Creek
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $817,412.15
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

Work continues on the bridge replacement project on County Road 1231 at Stills Creek. The roadway is closed to traffic with detours in place. The new bridges at Box Creek and Indian Creek are open to traffic with the contractor continuing closeout activities.                                             

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Road (CR) 2133 at Mack Creek between US 79 and FM 1990
  • Contractor: Fritcher Construction Services of Tyler
  • Cost: $499,832.22
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Early 2017

Work is underway on this bridge replacement project with the road closed to traffic and detours in place.

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Jacksonville Maintenance crews move to FM 747 south of US 79W to conduct overlay operations. In Rusk, crews resume ditch channel maintenance at several locations: FM 1857 southwest of Rusk, SH 294 about five miles west of Alto, and FM 2274 two miles south of US 79E. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. 

Cherokee County construction projects updates:

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 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2016

Final striping is being applied and mowing continues on this project to widen US 69 by adding 2’ edge treatment and resurfacing the road. Expect 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: $9.3 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor is placing hot mix on the roadway in Alto in the northbound lanes. Expect lane closures daily on this project to widen and resurface US 69.

US 79 Repairs and Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: From SH 204 to Mud Creek
  • Contractor: Reynolds & Kay
  • Cost: $5.7 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

Work on the subgrade continues in the westbound lanes. Expect lane closures for the remainder of the project when construction activities put equipment close to the travel lanes. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this location when possible. The roadway is being repaired and resurfaced. The speed limit has been reduced. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.

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
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor is placing backfill and conducting cleanup activities on FM 23. Expect lane closures. These are safety projects designed to widen the roadways from 20’ to 24’ along a 4.2-mile section.

County Road Bridge Replacement Projects

  • Limits: CR 1707 at One Arm Creek west of Rusk between FM 347 and FM 2138 and CR 2303 at One Eye Creek south of Rusk between FM 23 and FM 752
  • Contractor: Stateline Construction
  • Cost: $699,993.90
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2016

The contractor is conducting work on the abutments with both CR 1707 and CR 2303 closed as new bridges and approaches are built. The closures will last for about six months.

GREGG COUNTY – Longview Maintenance plans to conduct work on the shoulders of FM 1844 between Spur 502/Judson Road and SH 300/Gilmer Road. If time permits, pavement repairs are slated for the Traffic Circle in Kilgore at the SH 135 intersection. Crews will also be cleaning ditches around the county. Expect lane closure with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segment I)

  • Limits: McCann Road west to SH 300 (Gilmer Road)
  • Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.
  • Cost: $12.4 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

The contractor continues hauling embankment, laying storm drains and preparing to build the bridge on this new roadway construction to connect Gilmer and McCann roads.

This Segment I project includes constructing two bridges and a four-lane roadway with center left turn lanes from McCann Road to SH 300/Gilmer Road. Excavation, embankment, bridge construction, subgrade treatment, storm drains, hot mix asphalt, curb and gutter and sidewalk are all part of the new construction.

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segments II & III)

•       Limits: McCann Road to US 259

•       Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.

•       Cost: $12.8 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor continues construction of traffic signals, metal beam guard fence at the bridge, pavements markings, sidewalk work and close out activities between McCann Road and US 259. Work also continues between Judson and US 259. This project is constructing a new roadway from McCann Road to US 259.

FM 449

  • Limits: US 259 to FM 2751
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $607,133.00
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor will be applying striping to the roadway this week. The project is widening FM 449 two feet on each side, and includes applying an overlay.

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

•       Anticipated Completion Date: January 2017

The contractor continues the installation of illumination, traffic signal, curb and gutter, inlets, embankment, a new exit ramp for SH 31, and paving. This project is building a new overpass over the railroad crossing. Expect delays in the detour areas.

HENDERSON COUNTY – Athens Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on FM 2613 between FM 85 and the Kaufman County line. Additionally, drainage maintenance is planned for FM 315 in Chandler as well as SH 274, FM 753 at FM 59, SH 31W near FM 753, and FM 316 at FM 2709. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

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
  • Anticipated Completion Date: November 2018

Caution is advised when another traffic switch is implemented on October 3. Traffic will be moved to the new alignment between the west end of Loop 60 to approximately one mile east of the loop. The eastern portion of Loop 60 remains closed for construction of the new westbound mainlanes on this project that expands US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided with a depressed median. 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.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase II)

  • Limits: 1.1 miles east of Loop 60B at LaRue to 0.85 mile east of FM 315 at Poynor
  • Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc.of San Antonio
  • Cost: $37.8 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Late Summer 2017

Night work continues between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday–Friday. Dirt work continues around FM 315 south of Poynor and several other locations. Drainage work is also ongoing at locations throughout the project. Work on drill shafts for the bridge overpass in the eastbound and westbound travel lanes continues at FM 315S. As part of the new highway construction, a short stretch of CR 4401 has been permanently closed from the intersection of US 175’s new eastbound lanes to the new right of way. The rest of CR 4401 remains open with access from CR 4345/Camp Road.

This Phase II project will 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 4.7 miles ending just east of FM 315 in Poynor. The speed limit has been set at 55 mph. A portion of this phase is being 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.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase III)

  • Limits: 0.85 miles east of FM 315 in Poynor, southeast to .5 miles NW of SH 155 at Frankston
  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc.
  • Cost: $27.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019

The contractor expects to continue installing and maintaining storm water control measures throughout the project limits as well as install drainage box culverts west of CR 301. Lane closures are possible. This project is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

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
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The construction widening project is ongoing with work to extend the cross structures. One-way traffic can be expected throughout the project limits with daily lane closures. FM 1616 is expected to be completed this summer. Final work is being performed on FM 315.

SH 31 Bridge Painting Project – Westbound at Trinity River/Eastbound at Cedar Creek

  • Limits: From just east of Cedar Creek to just west of the Trinity River
  • Contractor: Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., of Clearwater, Florida
  • Cost: $2.3 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

Work has resumed under the eastbound Cedar Creek Bridge necessitating daily lane closures in one travel lane. Delays should be minimal.

RUSK COUNTY – Henderson Maintenance plans to conduct asphalt overlay operations on US 84 between US 259 in Mt. Enterprise and the Shelby County line. Expect the roadway to be reduced to one lane carrying two-way traffic with flaggers and a pilot car guiding traffic through the work zone.

Rusk County construction projects updates:

US 259 North Project 

  • Limits: From Star to Loop 571
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $4.3 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor will be applying striping to the roadway during daytime work. This 2.3 mile project includes base repairs, mill and inlay of asphalt surface, applying a hot mix overlay, and upgrading the pavement markings. Expect alternating lane closures.

US 79 South Project

  • Limits: From Loop 571 in Henderson going southwest for 3.0 miles to FM 839
  • Contractor: Drewery Construction Co., Inc.
  • Cost:  $6.7 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

Work continues to place embankment on the widened edges and asphalt on the widened sections of this portion of US 79. Expect lane closures and delays with one-way traffic control. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide traffic through the work zone. The posted speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph throughout this work zone and is being enforced by DPS. The project includes widening the existing pavement and adding a center left turn lane resulting in a new asphalt surface when the job is completed.

FM 3135 Widening Project

  • Limits: 1.9 miles NE of US 79 (W of CR 222) north to 1.7 miles SW of FM 1251 (CR 262)
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $2 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Early Fall 2016

The contractor is currently conducting culvert extensions and placing safety end treatments on driveway culverts, and applying a seal coat on the entire roadway. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The project consists of widening the pavement and installing milled centerline rumble strips on this three-mile section of roadway.

FM 95 Widening Project

  • Limits: FM 1798 to SH 315
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $2.5 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Early Fall 2016

The contractor plans to apply a seal coat on the roadway this week. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The project is widening a four-mile section of the road and adding shoulders.

SH 43 Overlay Project

  • Limits: From four miles south of FM 2658 to FM 3231
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $4.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor plans to place seal coat on the roadway and install metal beam guard fence. The project consists of placing an asphalt overlay on the roadway, base repairs, and new metal beam guard fence. Expect alternating lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.

SMITH COUNTY – Tyler Maintenance on Monday plans to resume overlay work on FM 2710 between Lindale and FM 14. Edge repairs will be performed on FM 1995 between SH 110 and the Smith County line. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.

Smith County construction projects updates:

Loop 323 West Widening at UPRR Underpass

•       Limits: Tylers West Loop and SH 31

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

•       Cost: $12 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2016

The contractor is building a raised median north of SH 31 as well as conducting other activities throughout the project limits. 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.

SH 31E Widening Project

•       Limits: From FM 757 to FM 2012

•       Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, LTD

•       Cost: $7.8 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

Work continues on the westbound passing lanes. Expect lane closures on 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.

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
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor continues structure work on FM 2015. Expect lane closures. No work is planned for FM 1253 or FM 1804. This contract consists of widening, sealing and resurfacing all three roadways.                       

Spur 248 Widening Project

  • Limits: From 1.75 miles west of FM 848/Old Omen Road going east to SH 64 southeast of Tyler
  • Contractor: Lonestar Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Cost: $8.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

The contractor resumes work on the eastbound lanes including retaining walls and storm drains. Expect lane closures. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph during construction. This project will widen Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with flush median.

County Road Bridge Replacement Projects

·       Limits: CR 4129 at Mill Creek near Lindale; CR 3104 at Prairie Creek north of FM 1252 near Winona; and CR 2138 at Blackhawk Creek south of Whitehouse

·       Contractor: Pierce Construction

·       Cost: $947,000.00

·       Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2017

CR 2138 near Whitehouse is closed with work to remove and replace the existing bridge underway. County Roads (CR) 3104 and CR 4129 are already closed as work to build new bridges and approaches progresses. Each road will be closed for about six months.

US 271 Repairs and Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: From FM 2015 southward to Oakwood Street/Spur 147 in Tyler
  • Contractor: Reynolds & Kay
  • Cost: $4.3 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

Expect daily lane closures as hot mix operations kick off on this 4.5-mile project to repair and resurface the roadway.

I-20 Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: Eastbound lanes from FM 14 eastward to US 271
  • Contractor: Clark Construction
  • Cost: $2 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

No work is scheduled on this project to resurface a 4.8-mile stretch of I-20.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Canton crews resume mill and inlay operations on US 80 just west of Grand Saline. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Van Zandt County construction projects updates:

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
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor continues striping, placing reflectorized pavement markings and working on cleanup operations on this widening job. Expect lane closures during these moving operations.

FM 316 Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 1256 south to FM 3080
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Hewitt
  • Cost: $255,474.00
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

The contractor is conducting cleanup activities. No lane closures expected on this widening project which also includes installing safety end treatments and advance warning signs.

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

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

Work continues to extend the cross structures and install driveway pipe between SH 64 and I-20. The contract also includes rehabbing the road north of SH 64 and laying hot mix for driveways south of SH 64. Expect lane closures.

FM 279 Resurfacing Project

•       Limits: from FM 858 in Ben Wheeler east to FM 314 in Edom

•       Contractor: APAC – Texas

•       Cost: $2.3 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

Vegetation maintenance continues as the contractor conducts cleanup activities on this job between Edom and Ben Wheeler. No planned lane closures.

FM 1256 Widening Project

•       Limits: from FM 316 eastward to SH 19

•       Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

•       Cost: $5.8 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

Work to extend the cross structures continue on both sides of the roadway along the project limits. The project is widening almost eight miles of the roadway. No lane closures planned.

County Roads Bridge Replacement Projects

•       Limits: CR 3105 at Crooked Creek, CR 3809 at Negro Creek, CR 4404 at Cream Level Creek, and CR 2908 at Purtis Creek

•       Contractor: Stateline Construction, LLC.

•       Cost: $1.4 million

•       Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

The contractor continues construction of the new bridge on CR 3809 with a detour bridge in place.

WOOD COUNTY – Mineola Maintenance continues pavement leveling work on FM 515 west of SH 154 and as repairs on Loop 564. Expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic through all work locations.

I-20 Total Maintenance Contract

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

Routine maintenance activities are ongoing on I-20 with moving operations throughout the week:

-        Sign Bridge Repair: Expect lane closures starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in westbound lanes at US 271.This is the sign that straddles the westbound I-20 travel lanes.

-        Debris Removal: Monday and Thursday from the inside lane through all three counties

-        Debris Removal: Tuesday and Friday from the outside lane through all three counties

-        Mowing: In Smith County

-        Sweeping: Through all three counties

-        Guardrail Repairs: Varying locations in Gregg and Smith counties

No lane closures planned but that is subject to change

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