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Safety Features to Be Added to Area Highways
Contact: Marcus Sandifer
Phone: (903) 799-1306
Date: Dec. 15, 2016

ATLANTA -- Safety features in the form of texturized centerlines and shoulders will be added to seven area highways during coming months, according to plans approved in December by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“We are looking at installing texturized pavement methods to centerline areas of these highways to help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes,” said Rebecca Wells, district traffic engineer for TxDOT in Atlanta. “The texturized pavement methods make noise when vehicle tires run over them, alerting drivers that they are getting out of their traffic lane.”

Highways scheduled to receive the improvements are:

County Highway Limits Miles
Harrison FM 1186
US 59 to Panola County line 4.7
Harrison FM 134
FM 1998 to I-20 frontage road 5.5
Harrison FM 9
FM 1999 to US 80
9.6
Panola
FM 1186
Harrison County line to US 79
9.8
Panola FM 959
SH 43 to US 79 18.8
Panola FM 124
US 79 to SH 149 8.2
Panola FM 2517
FM 699 to FM 31 8.3

Stripe-a-Zone Inc. of Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded the contract for the construction on these projects with a bid of $819,705.

Work on the projects should begin in February of next year and take about six months to complete, Wells said.

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