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East Texas construction for the week of Dec. 12

Released by The Texas Department of Transportation:

TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Dec. 12, 2016. The 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 high edges on roads around the county. Caution advised during this moving operation that includes using heavy equipment. A second crew will be performing base repairs in the southbound lanes of SH 155 between FM 2267 and FM 315. Expect temporary lane closures marked by signage, arrow boards and cones. 

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

Work gets underway at the intersection of FM 294 and US 79 with lane changes where periodic closures should be expected. 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 continue in 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 continues to progress on this bridge replacement project with the road closed to traffic and detours in place.

Cherokee County – Jacksonville Maintenance resumes edge repairs on FM 747S while crews in Rusk plan to conduct base repairs on FM 1819 west of Wells. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.

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
  • No work is planned for this project which is widening US 69 by adding 2’ edge treatment and resurfacing 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

Paving operations continue 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

Cement treating of the subgrade is being conducted in the eastbound lanes on this project to repair and resurface the roadway. 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

Cleanup activities resume on CR 1707 and CR 2303 as does seeding the slopes. Both roads are closed as new bridges and approaches are built. The closures are planned to last about six months.

Gregg County – Longview Maintenance plans to resume hot mix mill and inlay operations on SH 42 in Kilgore between Longview and Lantrip streets. On Thursday, December 15, motorists traveling SH 42 should plan alternate routes to avoid this road work that necessitates closing the intersections of Kay Street and Lantrip Street. Expect lane closures on Friday with traffic control provided by flaggers and a pilot car. 

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

The contractor is working on the substructure of the new bridge. Alternate routes have been established to move traffic around FM 2087 at the Sabine River which is closed until summer 2017 for construction of a new bridge. Localtraffic is allowed to approach from the north or the south but is not allowed to cross the river. Motorists can take 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

Current work includes hauling embankment, laying storm drains and other preparations for building 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 but work continues with 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.

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 turnaround under the bridge opened to traffic but caution is advised through this work zone as the contractor continues other work including the installation of illumination, traffic signal, curb and gutter, inlets, embankment, building 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 apply a fog seal on several roadways including FM 1615, Loop 60, FM 1803 from SH 31 to FM 317, and on FM 85 from SH 274 to FM 2613. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle moving traffic through the work zone.

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

Expect short delays during work at the RM 2588 intersection in LaRue where the contractor will be removing pavement from US 175 for about 1,000 feet southward. A short segment of RM 2588 will remain unpaved while work continues at the intersection. Meanwhile, drivers should expect one lane carrying two-way traffic throughout the project limits as well as occasional daytime lane closures at various locations. 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. 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 is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

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 is ongoing 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 as well as the horseshoe lake bridges. 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

Mobile operations have been implemented as temporary centerline striping is applied. Work on FM 1616 is ongoing. 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 resumes 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 resume base repair work on FM 1251 from FM 2658 to the Panola County line, and 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 providing traffic control.

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 is placing the final striping on this project so alternating lane closures and delays can be expected. This 2.3 mile project 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

Embankment is being placed on the widened edges of this portion of US 79. Watch for moving equipment near the edge of the travel lanes. 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: Fall 2016

No work is scheduled for this project that consists of widening the pavement and installing milled centerline rumble strips on a 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 continue edge work on FM 2710 between FM 14 and FM 16, conduct base repairs on the Loop 323 Extension near US 271, and perform ditch maintenance around the county. Expect lane closures at both locations with flaggers providing traffic control.

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

General cleanup activities continue as this job nears completion. No additional work can be conducted until the railroad moves to the new permanent track and the temporary railroad bridge is removed. Meanwhile, the contractor continues to monitor the roadway throughout the project limits until the remaining work can be completed. The project includes widening Loop 323 from SH 31 to Shaw Street. The speed limit on Loop 323 in the work zone remains 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

The widening of the westbound lanes has been completed and cleanup activities are scheduled to begin, continuing throughout the winter. The final surface will be applied in May 2017. A daily construction speed limit of 60 mph remains 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

FM 1804 is closed at the bridge for repairs to the Sabine River Bridge and the relief bridge. Lane closures can also be expected on FM 1253 where dirt work continues. No work is scheduled for FM 2015. 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 storm drain and embankment work continue in the eastbound lanes. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph during construction. This project is widening 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

Foundation work is ongoing on CR 2138 which remains closed for a 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

Hot mix operations resume and continue throughout the week on this 4.5-mile project to repair and resurface the roadway. Crews will also be placing driveways along the project limits.

Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance continues to address routine maintenance issues around the county. 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 and backfilling of pavement edges continue 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

No work is scheduled on this project to widen the roadway, and install 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

No work is planned for this week.

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

The contractor is extending the structures on both sides of the road on this project that is widening almost eight miles of the roadway. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

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 is currently removing the existing bridge on CR 3105 at Crooked Creek with construction of the new bridge underway. The roadway is closed to thru traffic with completion anticipated in February 2017. CR 3809 at Negro Creek is open to thru traffic.

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 conduct pavement level up work on FM 1254 and 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 from the inside lane through all three counties

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

-        Luminaire Maintenance: Monday/Tuesday in Smith and Van Zandt counties

-        Emergency Tree Removal – Wednesday around the west end of Van Zandt County

-        Guardrail Maintenance: Thursday in Gregg and Smith counties

No lane closures planned but that is subject to change.

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