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Project Updates for the Week of April 24, 2017
Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: April 20, 2017

TYLER Here's a look at work planned in the district during the week of April 24, 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.

FM 344 is closed at Grove Club Lake just west of SH 110 outside of Whitehouse as the contractor removes and replaces the existing culvert and conducts work to restore the pavement. Red Baron Building Company, of Lindale, expects to complete the project within two months. Drivers must take other routes to reach their destinations during this work. Motorists are encouraged to temporarily reroute to FM 756 to FM 346 and back to SH 110 until the work is complete. Additional project information can be found in the Smith County section of this news release.

In Henderson County, a traffic switch is scheduled to be implemented on Wednesday, April 26, on the US 175 Phase II Project from LaRue to Poynor. The contractor is preparing to open the newly constructed eastbound lanes to two-way traffic. Once moved, traffic will remain in this configuration for the duration of the project which is expected to be completed in the summer. Get more information on this US 175 Phase II project in the Henderson County section of this news release.  

Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance plans to continue base repairs on FM 19 between Neches and Frankston. Expect daily 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: Fall 2017

SH 294 traffic remains on the temporary detour as work continues to redesign the intersection at US 79. The new intersection is expected to be completed in a few weeks. Work also continues on the new northbound bridge as well as concrete paving operations in the new northbound lanes between FM 645 and CR 2205, widening work for the turn lane close to the Tucker Store, and work on the northbound detour ramp at FM 645. US 79 traffic does not stop at this intersection. The project expands 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 north of FM 837 (Henderson County line) south to 0.4 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. Work on culvert extensions, driveways and temporary lane widening continue 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: Early 2017

Close out activities are ongoing with the new 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

The road is closed to traffic with detours in place as the replacement bridge is built.

Cherokee County – Jacksonville maintenance crews plan to continue base repair work on FM 2493 east of US 69. The Rusk crew expects to resume base repairs on FM 1248 and FM 2962. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Cherokee County construction projects updates:

US 69 Widening through Wells

  • Limits: From 2.0 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 installing drainage structures. 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. The speed limit has been reduced on the northern end of the project and will remain in effect until construction is complete.

US 79 Repairs and Resurfacing Project

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

No work is scheduled on this job that’s repairing and resurfacing US 79.

FM 22 Safety Treatment Project

  • Limits: From 1.5 miles west of FM 768, E to SH 110
  • Contractor: Highway 19 Construction
  • Cost: $1 million
  • Anticipated completion date: Fall 2017

This project is treating fixed objects for safety. The contractor is currently installing erosion control measures and driveway pipe on the south side of the roadway. Expect daily lane closures.

Gregg County – Longview Maintenance plans to conduct a one-day mill and inlay operation on SH 149 near I-20 that requires closing the right lane. Work then moves to SH 300 between US 80 and Loop 281 necessitating various lane closures throughout the day. This work is also planned for the intersection of H.G. Mosley and SH 300. Expect varying lane closures. Additionally, crews plan to conduct culvert repairs on FM 1845 and FM 2204. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

Landscape Improvements around Gregg County

  • Limits: Loop 281 at Bill Owens Parkway; Loop 281 at Summers Drive; Loop 281 at McCann Road; SH 31 and Business US 259 in Kilgore; Loop 485 at S. Main St; at S. Roden Street; US 271 at Airport Road
  • Contractor: AALC, Inc.
  • Cost: $254,000
  • Anticipated Completion Date: May 2017

This project consists of the construction of landscape planting and irrigation. The majority of the work will be conducted on the right of way with no impact to traffic. However, temporary delays can be expected during lane closures implemented to unload material and equipment.

SH 300/Gilmer Road and US 80 ADA Ramps

  • Limits: US 80 from Loop 281 to Spur 63 and SH 300 from FM 2275 to Hawkins Parkway
  • Contractor: Ti-Zack Concrete, Inc., of Minnesota
  • Cost: $1.4 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: August 2017

Work continues on Gilmer Road and US 80 on this project to construct ADA curb ramps. Work includes removing the existing and building new ramps, sidewalks, hand rails and curb and gutter. The outside lanes will be closed in alternating directions as the work progresses. Expect delays.

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

Subgrade work is ongoing with traffic reduced to one lane in all directions on this project to widen Loop 281 from US 80 to just north of FM 1845. The project has multiple traffic phases that include some overnight lane closures. Motorists should use other routes to avoid delays. The project includes widening the roadway, installing storm drain, grading and base work, curb and gutter, raised medians, surface, signs and pavement markings.

Loop 281 at FM 2087 Overpass

  • Limits: From 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: April 2017

The contractor is conducting final closeout activities as this project nears completion. The project is building a new overpass over the railroad crossing.

FM 2087 over Sabine River

  • Limits: From 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: Late 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 late summer 2017 for construction of a new bridge. Local traffic 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: From McCann Road west to SH 300 (Gilmer Road)
  • Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.
  • Cost: $12.4 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Ongoing work includes hauling embankment, laying storm drains and starting bridge construction on this new roadway to connect Gilmer and McCann roads. The intersection of Graystone Road and new George Richey Road/FM 2275 is closed to thru traffic. Local traffic can use SH 300 or McCann Road to access Graystone Road. All other traffic must use alternate routes. 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.

Henderson County – Athens Maintenance plans to conduct overlay operations on FM 2613 between FM 85 and the Kaufman County line. Routine maintenance activities will be performed on roadways around the county. Expect lane closures at all locations with flaggers providing traffic control.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)

  • Limits: From 0.1 mile 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

Work continues at the RM 2588 intersection in LaRue where the contractor is removing pavement from US 175 for about 1,000 feet southward. Expect short delays. A short segment of RM 2588 remains 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: From 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

A traffic switch is planned for Wednesday, April 26 to move all traffic to the new eastbound lanes. The new configuration will remain in place until the project is completed. Meanwhile, hot mix applications continue to prepare the new eastbound lanes for the switch. The contractor is also working to complete installation of guard rail and striping. 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 4354/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: From 0.85 mile east of FM 315 in Poynor southeast to 0.5 miles northwest 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. Earth work and flex-base operations continue as does work on the culvert wing wall. 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: Early 2017

No work is being conducted on this project.

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: Early 2017

No work is currently being conducted on this project.

Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance plans to move its edge maintenance work to FM 1971 from US 84 to FM 95. Expect the roadway to be reduced to one lane carrying two-way traffic with flaggers and a pilot car directing traffic.

Rusk County construction projects updates:

US 79 South Widening 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

Motorists can expect lane closures and brief delays as an asphalt surface is applied to the roadway. 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 95 Widening Project (Notice of Project Completion)

  • Limits: From FM 1798 to SH 315
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $2.5 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Early 2017

The contractor is installing guard fence on this job. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The project is widening a 4-mile section of the road and adding shoulders.

Smith County – Tyler Maintenance crews plan to conduct shoulder work on FM 2767, as well as perform ditch cleanup on roadways around the county. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations. 

Smith County construction projects updates:

FM 344 Culvert Replacement Project (New Project)

  • Limits: At Bell Branch Creek (approximately 1.0 mile west of SH 110)
  • Contractor: Red Baron Building Company, LLC
  • Cost: $348,000
  • Anticipated completion date:  Summer of 2017

FM 344 is closed to traffic as the contractor works to remove and replace the existing culvert. Motorists must use other routes to reach their destinations. A detour route is in place: take FM 756 to FM 346 to SH 110. This project to replace the existing culvert and restore the pavement should be completed within two months.

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: Spring 2017

Cleanup activities are ongoing on this project that widened Loop 323 from SH 31 to Shaw Street and replaced the railroad bridge.

SH 31E Widening Project

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

Expect lane closures as cleanup activities continue and the contractor prepares to start driveway work. The final surface will be applied in May. The daily construction speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.

SH 155 Resurfacing Project (New Project)

  • Limits: From 2.0 miles south of US 80 (Upshur C/L), south to I-20
  • Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
  • Cost: $9.3 Million
  • Anticipated completion date:  Summer of 2017

The contractor is conducting mill & inlay operations on this project to repair the existing pavement structure and place a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface. Expect lane closures and delays and watch for flaggers and other personnel, signage and other devices in place to assist motorists through the work zone.

FM 1253 Widening Project

  • Limits: From County Road 462 S, 1.3 miles north of FM 857 S to FM 1805; FM 1804 from the 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: Summer 2017

Expect daily delays and lane closures as the contractor widens the last structure on the FM 1253 project. No delays are expected on FM 1804 or FM 2015. The project includes 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

Work continues with cement treating and placing storm drainage on the eastbound lanes. A portion of County Road 219 remains closed as the contractor makes the tie-in to Spur 248. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph during construction. The project is widening Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with flush median.

County Road Bridge Replacement Projects (Notice of Project Completion)

  • 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
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2017

Work on this project has been completed and the three roads are open to traffic.

Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance plans to conduct mill and inlay work on US 80 between Edgewood and Grand Saline. Expect lane closures and brief delays with flaggers providing traffic control.

Van Zandt County construction projects updates:

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

Structure work continues along with roadway rehabilitation activities. Expect daily lane closures at various locations throughout the project limits of this job to widen FM 314.

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 planned on this project that is widening almost 8.0 miles of the roadway.

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

CR 4404 at Cream Level Creek is closed to through traffic. CR 2908 at Purtis Creek is also closed to through traffic with the contractor currently conducting work on the bridge deck and rail. Both CR 3105 at Crooked Creek and CR 3809 at Negro Creek are open to through traffic. The project is expected to be completed in the summer.

I-20 Westbound Exit Relocation Project

  • Limits: From FM 314 Westbound Exit Ramp and Frontage Road
  • Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
  • Cost: $4.6 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2017

Phase I construction continues on this I-20 project to relocate the westbound 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 move its pavement level up work to FM 3530 with base repair operations moving to FM 852. Expect lane closures at both work zones with flaggers directing traffic.

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
  • Delineator Upgrades: Monday through Friday through all three counties, working from the median
  • High Mast Luminaire Maintenance: Monday through Thursday in all three counties
  • Guardrail Repairs: Tuesday and Wednesday through all three counties
  • Small Sign Maintenance: Wednesday and Thursday through all three counties

No lane closures are planned but that is subject to change.

 

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