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Roadwork around East Texas for the week of Nov. 20

Release by the Texas Department of Transportation: 

TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the next two weeks of November 20 and 27, 2017.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.

TxDOT proudly announces plans to open the final segment of FM 2275/George Richey Road in Longview to traffic by Monday. The contractor will continue to conduct final project work under traffic. The project was funded through a transportation partnership between the Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the City of Longview, Gregg County, the Longview Economic Development Corporation, and TxDOT. Get additional information in the Gregg County section of this release.

In Palestine, the traffic switch planned for the US 79 project has been tentatively rescheduled for the week after Thanksgiving t due to weather conditions and to avoid interrupting heavy holiday traffic. The switch will move traffic to its permanent configuration separating the northbound and southbound travel lanes. A new traffic pattern will also be implemented on FM 645 requiring those wanting to head north to proceed under the new overpasses. FM 645 motorists must stop at Stop Signs installed on both sides of the overpasses and at the exit ramps to FM 645. Southbound traffic will use the ramp to reach the southbound lanes of US 79. Additionally, SH 294 traffic will have access to the new deceleration and acceleration lanes. Additional project information is available below.

On the US 175 Phase III project from Poynor to Frankston, traffic will soon be detoured  from CR 300 to CR 303 to allow construction crews to work on tying the intersection of CR 300 into the newly constructed westbound lanes on US 175. Signage and flaggers will be used to direct traffic being detoured to CR 303. The detour is 1.2 miles long and may increase drivers’ trips by about 3 minutes. We appreciate your patience and support as we work swiftly to complete this work. The project is located in Anderson County but is grouped with the US 175 projects in the Henderson County section of this release.

In Smith County, daily lane closures remain in effect on I-20 eastbound and westbound at Toll 49 as the contractor for the Lindale Relief Route conducts work to install deck panels and overhangs of the Toll 49 Mainlane Bridge.Closures on I-20 will begin with the westbound right lane, then the left lane, eastbound right lane, and then the left lane. Lane closures are planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 20 and 21 as well as November 27 – 30, and from 9 a.m. to noon on December 1. Local law enforcement will be on site to assist with traffic control.

Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance plans to continue edge maintenance 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: From 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: Winter 2017

A major traffic switch is planned for the project the week of November 27 to separate northbound and southbound traffic. The switch moves traffic to its permanent traffic pattern. Ongoing work consists of applying permanent striping and backfilling pavement edges. Expect lane closures. The project is expanding 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.

SH 19 Widening Project

  • Limits: From 3.6 miles N of FM 837 (Henderson Co. line) south to .4 mile N of FM 321 at Montalba
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction of Hewitt
  • Cost: $12.5 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2017

Widening work continues on the northbound lanes of SH 19. The project is widening the roadway with the addition of shoulders and passing lanes. The posted speed limit is 55 mph. Expect delays and multiple lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car controlling traffic.

Off-System Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: County Road 458 at Beaver Creek and County Road 2418 at Otter Creek
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road Ltd., of Longview
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2017

County Road 2418 is closed at Otter Creek for a bridge replacement project. The contractor will be placing bridge beams. Weather could push the work to the week of November 27.

Cherokee County – Jacksonville Maintenance crews plan to perform edge and base repairs on FM 2493. Rusk Maintenance crews will be conducting base repairs on FM 851. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.

Cherokee County construction projects updates:

US 69 Widening through Wells

  • Limits: From 2 miles north of FM 1247 in Wells, south to 0.9 mile south of FM 1247
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $17.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

The contractor is building a detour and installing culverts. The project is widening US 69 through Wells from two lanes to four lanes with new curb and gutter and a two-way left turn lane through town. There are minimal impacts to traffic. The speed limit has been reduced on the northern end of the project until work is completed.

US 79 Repairs and Resurfacing Project (Notice of Project Completion)

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

This project is now complete.

FM 22 Safety Treatment Project

  • Limits: From 1.5 MI W of FM 768, E to SH 110
  • Contractor: Highway 19 Construction
  • Cost: $1 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Drainage work continues on this project to treat fixed objects for safety. Expect lane closures.

Gregg County – Longview Maintenance plans to conduct mobile patching operations this week. The Week of November 27, crews plan to perform shoulder up work on FM 349 and crack seal  on Loop 281 from US 80 to FM 2205. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

Landscape Improvement Project

  • Limits: Loop 281 at SH 300/Gilmer Rd and Loop 281 at Fourth St.
  • Contractor: Central North Construction, LLC
  • Cost: $224,600
  • Anticipated Completion Date: February 2018

This project consists of landscaping improvements in Gladewater, Kilgore, Longview and White Oak. Work includes irrigation, planter beds, and installing various plants. The contractor will also work on existing beds on I-20 in Longview and on SH 42 in Kilgore. New landscaping beds will be installed in White Oak on US 80, in Gladewater on Loop 485, in Longview at SH 300 and Loop 281 as well as Fourth St. and Loop 281, and on SH 322 in Henderson. All work is in the right of way. No traffic delays are expected.

Turn Lanes Project

  • Limits: US 259 at Hawkins Parkway; Loop 281 at Hollybrook Drive
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $457,500
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Drainage work is ongoing at the Loop 281 - Hollybrook Drive intersection as work continues to add turn lanes on Loop 281. The inside lanes of the loop will be closed at Hollybrook Drive. The project consists of earthwork, base, asphaltic concrete pavement (ACP) surface, signing and pavement markings.                                               

US 80 Widening in Gladewater

  • Limits: Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road.
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road
  • Cost: $3.54 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018

Storm sewer work continues on the south side of the roadway with eastbound traffic reduced to one lane. The project consists of widening US 80 to four through lanes with a left turn lane from Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road. Work includes earthwork, base and surface work, storm sewer, concrete curb and gutter, safety improvements, and upgrading signage and pavement markingsMotorists can expect delays and lane closures during this work.

Loop 281 at FM 1845/Pine Tree Road

  • Limits: From US 80 to Shofner Drive
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $4.54 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: January 2018

Current work includes storm sewer, processing flex base and cement treating base material. Traffic is reduced to one travel lane in all directions. Alternate routes are recommended on this project where work is being conducted in multiple phases that could require overnight lane closures. The project includes widening the roadway, installing storm drain, grading and base work, curb and gutter, raised medians, surface, signs and pavement markings.

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segment I)

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

The roadway will open to traffic by Monday. The contractor will continue to work on punch list items. The project includes constructing two bridges and a four-lane roadway with center left turn lanes from McCann Road to SH 300/Gilmer Road. It also includes applying a hot mix asphalt surface, curb and gutter as well as sidewalk.

SH 149 at Sabine River

•       Limits: SH 322 to approximately one half mile north of the Sabine River Bridge

•      Contractor: Gibson and Associates

•      Cost: $3.1 million

•      Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018

No work is scheduled for the week. The following week, the contractor will be installing guardrail on I-20 near the Smith County line. The outside lane will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic. Expect closures and delays. The project consists of constructing new guardrail and sidewalk on the bridge and increasing its load carrying capacity.                                                                                                             

Henderson County – Athens Maintenance plans to continue surface repairs on FM 317 between SH 31E and the Muscadine Creek Bridge. A second crew will be performing edge work on various roads on the east side of the county. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

SH 19 Widening Project

  • Limits: FM 1615 South to 0.3 mile south of Coon Creek
  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp
  • Cost: $ 4.95 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019

Work continues to set driveway pipes and extend cross structures on this job. Daily lane closures can be expected with a pilot vehicle providing traffic control. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph for the duration of the project which consists of adding 10-foot shoulders on both the northbound and southbound travel lanes. 

US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)

  • Limits: From 0.1 mile SE of FM 804 near Baxter SE to 1.1 miles E 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 as work continues to widen structures on the old roadway near Baxter and Larue. Crews will also be hauling materials for the new westbound roadway in Baxter. Motorists should remain alert as construction equipment enters and exits the roadway throughout the work day. The speed limit is 55 mph on this project to expand US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase II)

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

A traffic switch is tentatively set for the week of November 27 to move westbound traffic to its new lanes. The eastern most access to FM 315 and Downtown Poynor remains closed while culvert work and permanent construction of the roadway continues. Motorists must use the western most access for FM 315 and Poynor. Meanwhile, hot mix and seal coat operations are being conducted on the westbound travel lanes and temporary lane closures can be expected on the western most access for FM 315 and Poynor during paving operations. Construction of the culvert headwalls is ongoing.

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) in Anderson County

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

As weather allows, traffic will be detoured from CR 300 to CR 303 in the near future as crews work to tie the intersection of CR 300 into the new US 175 westbound lanes. Look for flaggers and signage in place to direct traffic to the CR 303 detour. Meanwhile, the contractor is maintaining storm water control measures throughout the project limits. Earthwork operations are ongoing along with hot mix asphalt application from County road 301 to County Road 303. Lane closures are possible on this project that’s expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance plans to continue hot mix overlay operations on FM 1251 from FM 2658 to the Panola County line. Expect one lane carrying two-way traffic with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.

Rusk County construction projects updates:

SH 43 Overlay Project

  • Limits: From US 79 (at the Star) to 9.9 miles toward Tatum at CR 2136
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost:  $4.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

The contractor is working on punch list items as the project nears completion. The project includes applying an asphalt overlay and new striping, base repairs, and installing new metal beam guard fence.

Landscaping Improvements

  • Limits: SH 322 at US 259 Intersection; Loop 281 at SH 64 Intersection
  • Contractor: Central North Construction, LLC
  • Cost:  $224,600
  • Anticipated Completion Date: February 2018

The contractor will be installing new beds in Henderson on this project that consists of landscape improvements. Work will be conducted in the right-of-way with no delays expected for traffic. 

Smith County – Tyler Maintenance plans to continue base repairs in Derrick Park eastbound. A second crew will be cleaning ditches around the county. This work should have little to no impact on traffic.

Smith County construction projects updates:

FM 850 Bridge Replacement Project

  • Limits: FM 580 at Mud Creek just east of FM 21
  • Contractor: Stateline Construction
  • Cost: $1.1 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

The contractor is continuing drill shafts and other bridge construction. The road is closed at Mud Creek with traffic detoured. The project will replace the existing bridge with a wider one. 

SH 64E Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: From Loop 323 to 1.7 miles southeast of Spur 248

•      Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC

•      Cost: $3.6 million

•      Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Paving operations are complete and cleanup work is underway. The project consists of making repairs to the curb and gutter across from Brookshire’s on SH 64 just east of Loop 323 and placing a new surface from the loop to Chapel Hill.

SH 64W Resurfacing Project (Notice of Project Completion)

•      Limits: From Loop 323 to 0.7 miles west of FM 724

•      Contractor: IOC Company of Edinburg, TX

•      Cost: $1.7 million

•      Anticipated completion date: Fall 2017

Work is complete on this project from Loop 323 to just past Tyler Pounds Airport.

SH 31E Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 757 to FM 2012
  • Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, LTD
  • Cost: $7.8 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Cleanup activities are being conducted. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.

SH 31E Overlay Project

  • Limits: From Loop 323 to FM 850
  • Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, LTD
  • Cost: $1.8 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Cleanup work is ongoing on this project where a Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface has been applied. Expect lane closures. 

US 271 Mill and Inlay Project

  • Limits: From 0.4 miles south of Spur 147 at Oakwood St., south to SH 64/Fifth St. in Tyler
  • Contractor: Clark Construction of Texas, Inc. from San Antonio
  • Cost: $2.1 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Nighttime paving operations are expected to resume Sunday, November 26. The project consists of base repairs, planing, applying a hot mix surface and striping. When work resumes it will be conducted between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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

Work on the north side of the roadway will continue and includes embankment and drainage structures. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The speed limit is 55 mph during construction to widen Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with flush median.

I-20 Resurfacing Project

  • Limits: From US 69 to FM 14 WB only
  • Contractor: Clark Construction
  • Cost: $2.9 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Over the next two weeks, the contractor will be placing header joints and backfilling pavement edges. The project is placing a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface in the westbound lanes and installing upgrades to the metal beam guard fence along this stretch of I-20.

Turn Lanes Project

  • Limits: Various locations throughout Tyler
  • Contractor: Lonestar Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Cost: $2.4 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

Widening work continues on US 69/S. Broadway and South Town Drive. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control. The project is removing the existing medians to extend the turn lanes, and adding right turn lanes to various intersections in Tyler. Work will be conducted on US 69, Cumberland Road, Independence, South Donnybrook, Rice, South Town and wrap up at Grande and FM 2493.

Tyler State Park (Notice of Project Completion)

•      Limits: Inside Tyler State Park

  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. of Buffalo

•      Cost: $1.2 million

•      Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2017

This project inside the park is now complete.

Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance plans to conduct routine sign and delineator maintenance on US 80 this week. The following week, mill and inlay operations will be performed on US 80 between SH 19 and Grand Saline. Expect lane closures during both operations with flaggers providing traffic control.

Van Zandt County construction projects updates:

I-20 Westbound Exit Ramp at FM 314 Relocation Project

  • Limits: From FM 314 WB Exit Ramp and Frontage Road
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $4.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

Concrete pavement and driveway work continue on the Westbound Frontage Road. The contractor continues Phase III work performing earthwork on the frontage road east of the I-20 Exit Ramp. The Westbound Frontage Road is closed at CR 4930. Motorists can expect minimal delays but alternate routes are encouraged. The project consists of reconstructing the frontage road and building a new exit ramp 1.13 miles east of FM 314.

I-20 Safety Work

  • Limits: From Kaufman County Line going east to SH 19, etc.
  • Contractor: FNH Construction, LLC
  • Cost: $2.4 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

The contractor is removing and installing Metal Beam Guard Fence and concrete mow strip along the westbound outside lane going west from SH 19 toward the Kaufman County line. Expect lane closures and delays.

SH 243 Widening Project

  • Limits: From SH 198 east to SH 64 in Canton
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road
  • Cost: $6.2 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: June 2018

The contractor continues structure work on the north side of the road. Motorists can expect delays with a pilot vehicle and flaggers controlling traffic. This project is widening the roadway from two to four lanes with flush median, curb and gutter, and storm drain.

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 install hot mix asphalt concrete driveways and intersections on the section five miles south of I-20. Expect closures and delays with a pilot vehicle and flaggers controlling traffic.

FM 1256 Widening Project

  • Limits: From FM 316 eastward to SH 19
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $5.8 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

No work is scheduled for the week on this project to widen the roadway.

FM 1861 Project

  • Limits: From SH 19 to FM 2339
  • Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, of Buffalo, TX
  • Cost: $2.44 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

No work is scheduled on this project.

FM 1652 Rehab Project

  • Limits: FM 17 south of Grand Saline, southward to FM 1255 northwest of Oakland
  • Contractor: Highway 19 Construction, LLC
  • Cost: $4.48 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

Cross structure and driveway work continue on the project. This phase of work will take several months to complete. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control. The project is rehabilitating the road and consists of widening the existing roadway and structure work.

FM 1653 Rehab Project

  • Limits: SH 64 near Ben Wheeler, southwest to FM 858 at Martin Mills
  • Contractor: Drewery Construction Company, Inc., of Nacogdoches
  • Cost: $3.97 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

The contractor is conducting work on cross structures which will take several months to complete. Expect lane closures and delays. The project is rehabilitating the road and consists of widening the existing roadway and structure work.

Wood County – Mineola Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on SH 154 and FM 2966. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.  

Wood County construction projects updates:

SH 182, etc., Safety Treating Project

  • Limits: Various Roads - Current work on FM 2869 from FM 2088 south 8.12 miles to FM 49
  • Contractor: Highway 19 Construction, LLC.
  • Cost: $1.2 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: July 2017 for FM 2869; February 2018 for all work

Driveway, shaping ditches, installing top soil, and cross-culvert pipe extension work continues on FM 49. Minor delays are possible.

I-20 Total Maintenance Contract                                                  

•          Limits: Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties

•          Contractor: Firemen Excavation

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

-           Large Sign Maintenance: Tuesday and Thursday through all three counties

-           Tree Removal: Throughout the week in Gregg and Smith counties

-           Herbicide Operations: Monday and Tuesday in Van Zandt County

-           Lane Closures: Van Zandt County all week – westbound between Mile Markers 523 and 530.

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