Contracts granted for construction on US 79, US 175 and Loop 323

Published: May. 5, 2015 at 3:17 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM CDT
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US 175 (Source: TxDOT)
US 175 (Source: TxDOT)
Loop 323 (Source: TxDOT)
Loop 323 (Source: TxDOT)
US 79 (Source: TxDOT)
US 79 (Source: TxDOT)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - From the Texas Transportation Commission:

In an ongoing effort to improve safety and relieve congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission has approved three construction contracts for the Tyler District totaling $43.5 million. Work will start in summer 2015 for the projects in Anderson, Henderson and Smith counties.

As announced in a news release last Friday, the commission awarded a $37.8 million contract to Sundt Construction of San Antonio to build the Phase II U.S. 175 Project that runs 3.4 miles from 1.1 miles east of Loop 60E at Larue to just east of FM 315 in Poynor. The project will expand U.S. 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with a depressed median. A portion of the project will be built on new location around the south side of Poynor. Construction should begin in June.

The commission also awarded a $2.3 million contract to Big Creek Construction of Lorena, Texas, to repair and resurface U.S. 79 in Anderson County. The project starts at Loop 256 in Palestine and travels southwest 1.4 miles to Tile Factory Road. Construction is expected to start in June.

The third project will repair and resurface a portion of Loop 323 in Tyler. The $3.3 million job was awarded to local contractor, Reynolds & Kay, LTD. It stretches 3.5 miles from American Legion Road south to Commerce Street. The anticipated start date for this project is also in June.

The U.S. 79 project is among 23 approved last week by the commission for funding through Proposition I which addresses safety, mobility and connectivity.

“Texas communities, big and small, see the benefits of increased connectivity,” said Commissioner Jeff Austin III, Texas Transportation Commission. “From highways to county roads and the bridges in between, we are dedicated to doing our part to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for the people of our great state.”

Proposition 1 is expected to fund some 200 projects. The Tyler District received $46.7 million in Proposition 1 project funding.

For more information, contact the public information office at

or (903) 510-9267.