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Construction projects for week of Nov. 14

Released by The Texas Department of Transportation:

TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Nov. 14, 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.

Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance plans to address issues with the roadway base on FM 19 between Neches and Frankston. 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

The contractor is currently placing embankment for the new northbound bridge as well as conducting culvert work under the existing northbound US 79 lanes at Trucker. Motorists using FM 645 are reminded that US 79 traffic does not stop at the intersection as work continues on the detour at the northbound ramp. Other work continues from CR 2205 to just south of FM 645. The contractor is working on detours in the area of FM 645 at Tucker. This projectexpands 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

Widening activities resume on the southbound lanes. The contractor continues to work on culvert extensions, driveways and temporary lane widening throughout the project limits. Expect occasional lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car 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

The contractor continues to conduct closeout activities on this project with the bridges open to traffic.                                        

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

Cherokee County – Jacksonville Maintenance plans to make edge repairs on FM 747S while the Rusk crew conducts base repair work on US 84W at the Neches River; on FM 1819; and on US 84 east of US 69 in the curb and gutter section. 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

Closeout activities are ongoing for this project to widen US 69 by adding 2’ edge treatment and resurface the road.

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

No work is scheduled on this job that’s widening and resurfacing US 69. Expect lane closures.

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

No work is scheduled on this project to repair and resurface the roadway. When work resumes remember the speed limit has been reduced and 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

Cleanup activities continue on FM 23. 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

Contractor is pouring mow strips and starting cleanup work on CR 1707 and CR 2303. Both roads are closed as new bridges and approaches are built. The closures will last for about six months.

Gregg County – Longview Maintenance plans to conduct base repair work on FM 2204 between US 259 and FM 2276. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

FM 2087 over Sabine River

•        Limits: 500 feet north of bridge to 500 feet south of bridge

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

•        Cost: $3.7 million

•        Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

FM 2087 at the Sabine River will remain closed through summer 2017 as the contractor replaces the bridge. The road is closed to through traffic but local traffic is allowed to approach from the north or the south. However, traffic is not allowed to cross the river. Alternate routes established include taking SH 31 from I-20 to Loop 281 or SH 322/SH 149 from I-20 to Loop 281. The project includes the construction of a new bridge and approaches, grading, asphalt concrete pavement base and surface, metal beam guard fence and pavement markings.

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 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

This portion of FM 2275/George Richey Road is open to traffic. However, work continues on installation of metal beam guard fence at the bridge and closeout activities between US 259 and McCann Road. The project is constructing a new roadway from McCann Road to US 259.

FM 449 Widening Project (Notice of Project Completion)

Limits: US 259 to FM 2751

Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

Cost: $607,133.00

Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2016

Work is complete on this project to widen 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: March 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 lane closures.

Henderson County – Athens Maintenance plans to conduct level up and overlay operations on FM 2613. A crew will also use a moving operation to conduct edge and base repair work on roads around the county. 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

Drivers should expect one lane carrying two-way traffic throughout the project limits as well as occasional daytime lane closures. Work continues to progress with traffic 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 on adjacent county roads and FM 804 as well as RM 2588 and Loop 60 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

The contractor will begin installing bridge beams next week on the new bridges at Horseshoe Lake as well as the new overpass at FM 315S. Caution is advised as the oversized beams will require reduced speeds to move them from the roadway to the construction areas. Also around mid-week motorists traveling on FM 315S will experience periodic closures as the beams are installed. Night work continues between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday–Friday. The contractor is conducting work on the bridge overpass in the eastbound and westbound travel lanes at FM 315S. Dirt work continues around Poynor schools and several other locations as does drainage work. 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 continues to install and maintain storm water control measures throughout the project limits as well as install drainage box culverts west of CR 301. Work also continues on the culvert wing wall. Earthwork operations are also underway. 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

This construction widening project is ongoing with work to extend the cross structures. One-way traffic can be expected throughout the project limits with periodic lane closures. FM 1616 is ongoing while the FM 315 is complete.

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 will resume under the westbound Trinity River Bridge to correct erosion problems. Motorists should expect periodic lane closures in the westbound outside travel lane on the west end of the river bridge.

Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on FM 2658 from SH 43 to FM 1251. 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

No work is scheduled for this 2.3 mile project that includes base repairs, mill and inlay of asphalt surface, applying a hot mix overlay, and upgrading the pavement markings.

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

No work is scheduled on this project. When activities resume, the contractor will continue placing embankment on the widened edges and asphalt on the widened sections of this portion of US 79. Lane closures and delays with one-way traffic control can be expected when work resumes. 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: Fall 2016

No work is scheduled for this project that 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: Fall 2016

No work is scheduled for this project that 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

Metal beam guard fence is being installed on this project. Expect alternating lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control. The project consists of placing an asphalt overlay on the roadway, base repairs, and new metal beam guard fence.

Smith County – Tyler Maintenance plans to resume edge repairs on FM 2010 between FM 14 and FM 16. Base repair work will be conducted on SH 135 just west of Arp. Expect lane closures at both locations with flaggers providing traffic control.

Smith County construction projects updates:

Loop 323 West Widening at UPRR Underpass

•        Limits: Tyler’s West Loop and SH 31

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

•        Cost: $12 million

•        Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2016

Work is ongoing the SH 31 traffic signal. The contractor is also conducting general cleanup activities as the project progresses toward completion. Lane closures are possible. 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 with the contractor placing embankment and hot mix at construction locations. 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

Expect lane closures as dirt work continues on FM 2015. No work is schedued for FM 1253 or FM 1804. However, the contractor plans to close FM 1804 at the bridge starting December 5 while repairs are made to the Sabine River Bridge and the relief bridge. The 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

Expect lane closures as work continues on the retaining walls and storm drains in the eastbound lanes. 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 will remain closed for several more months as foundation work is conducted on this bridge replacement project. No work is scheduled for CR 4129 and CR 3104. All three roads are closed for the construction of new bridges and approaches.

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

No work is planned for this 4.5-mile project to repair and resurface the roadway.

Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance continues mill and inlay operations on SH 19 in Canton between I-20 and SH 64. 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

Final cleanup operations continue as does work to backfill pavement edges on this widening job. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

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

Final cleanup operations continue on this project to widen the roadway, and install safety end treatments and advance warning signs. No lane closures planned.

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

Storm water control measures are being installed between SH 64 and I-20. No lane closures are planned but flaggers are handling traffic control.

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 continues to extend the cross structures 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 traffic moved to a detour bridge. No lane closures planned.

I-20 Westbound Exit Relocation Project

•        Limits: FM 314 WB Exit Ramp and Frontage Road

•        Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

•        Cost: $4.6 million

•        Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

Current work includes extending drainage structures and installing storm water control measures on this I-20 project to relocate the I-20 WB Exit Ramp at FM 314 and reconstruct the frontage road. No lane closures are expected on I-20. Phase I of the project includes reconstructing the frontage road and building the new exit ramp 1.13 miles east of FM 314. This requires closing a portion of the frontage road for several months from approximately 500 feet east of the current exit ramp to about 3,250 feet eastward. The existing ramp and frontage road from the ramp west to FM 314 will remain open during this phase of work. Phase II will consist of constructing a detour from the FM 314 intersection eastward for about 2,000 feet, and completing the frontage road west to the intersection.

Wood County – Mineola Maintenance plans to continue spot seal coat work on FM 14 south of US 80 as well as on Loop 564. Level up work is scheduled for FM 2225. Expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at all 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:

-        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

-        Tree Trimming: Monday-Friday at various locations in Smith County

-        Herbicide: Treating roadway edges through all three counties

-        Small Sign Repairs: At various locations through all three counties

No lane closures planned but that is subject to change.

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