TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the week of May 22, 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.
An emergency contract has been implemented to remove debris, from the recent tornadoes, from Van Zandt County. Crews started working this week to remove mostly trees, and a small amount of other debris, from the right of way on FM 1651, FM 3227, FM 1256 and FM 1861. Work on these roadways is scheduled to occur Monday through Saturday until complete. Work on higher volume roadways including US 80, SH 19, SH 64 and SH 198, will be performed on Sundays. The operation will be shut down Friday, May 26 – Tuesday, May 30, due to the Memorial Day holiday and First Monday Trade Days. The contract was awarded to Tom-Mac, Inc., of Houston.
Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance returns to FM 19 to finish applying a hot mix overlay between Neches and Frankston. Expect daily lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Anderson County construction projects updates:
US 79 New Lane Construction Project
A traffic switch is being planned soon for the new intersection at SH 294. The contractor is prepping for permanent striping applications at the intersection and the new US 79 southbound travel lanes from the Tucker Store to just north of the Trinity River Relief Bridge. A traffic switch is anticipated to occur later this month. Work also continues on the new northbound bridge at FM 645 where beams are scheduled to be installed this week. Other ongoing work includes: concrete paving operations in the new northbound lanes between FM 645 and CR 2205; widening for the turn lane near the Tucker Store; and work on the northbound detour ramp at FM 645. 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
The contractor is applying hot mix to the southbound shoulders. A traffic switch is planned for June to move traffic to the new southbound shoulder to allow for construction of the eastbound shoulder and climbing lanes. The southbound lanes are being widened as work continues throughout the project limits to extend culverts, perform temporary widening and install driveways. 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
The contractor conducting work on the bridge beams. The road is closed and traffic detoured.
Cherokee County – Jacksonville Maintenance will be conducting base and edge work on FM 2493 between US 69 and FM 177. The Rusk crew will conduct base repair work on FM 851 between US 69 and FM 343. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Cherokee County construction projects updates:
US 69 Widening through Wells
The contractor is installing culverts on this project to widen 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
The contractor is placing hot mix on the eastbound lanes on this project that’s repairing and resurfacing US 79. Expect daily lane closures and lowered speed limits throughout the project limits.
FM 22 Safety Treatment Project
The contractor continues drainage pipe installations on this project to treat fixed objects for safety. Expect lane closures.
Gregg County – Longview Maintenance resumes base repair work on SH 135 in the Traffic Circle in Kilgore. Additionally, overlay work will be conducted on FM 1845 north of FM 2605. This is in the two-lane section of the roadway. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.
Gregg County construction projects updates:
Landscape Improvements around Gregg County (Notice of Project Completion)
The contractor is finishing up this landscape project on the right-of-way with no impact to traffic.
SH 300/Gilmer Road and US 80 ADA Ramps
Crews continue to construct ADA curb ramps on SH 300/Gilmer Road and US 80. Work includes removing the existing and building new ramps, sidewalks, hand rails and curb and gutter. Expect outside lane closures in alternating directions as the work progresses on both roadways.
Loop 281 at FM 1845/Pine Tree Road
Traffic is reduced to one lane in all directions as subgrade work is conducted on this project to widen Loop 281 from US 80 to just north of FM 1845. Work will be conducted in multiple traffic phases that could require 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
Closeout activities continue this project to build a new overpass over the railroad crossing winds down.
FM 2087 over Sabine River
The contractor is conducting work on the new bridge deck. 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)
The contractor is hauling embankment, laying storm drains and conducting bridge work 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. The 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 will conduct mill and inlay operations on FM 1616 between BU31 and Loop 7. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays. This work will also impact Enterprise Street. Suggested alternate routes include taking BU 31 or Loop 7, or continuing on Loop 7 and exiting SH 31. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Henderson County construction projects updates:
US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)
The contractor continues work at the intersection of RM 2588 in LaRue. Expect short delays. A segment of RM 2588 remains unpaved as work continues at the intersection. Drivers should expect one lane carrying two-way traffic throughout the project limits and occasional daytime lane closures at various locations. Dirt and drainage work continue around Loop 60E in LaRue to near Baxter. 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)
Traffic has been moved to the new eastbound lanes which will carry two-way traffic until the permanent westbound travel lanes are completed. The contractor now begins extending concrete structures and conducting dirt work as phase two construction to build the new westbound lanes gets underway. 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)
The contractor is installing drainage box culverts, and installing and maintaining storm water control measures throughout the project limits. Earth and culvert wing wall work, and flex-base operations are ongoing. 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.
FM 315/FM 1616 Widening Project
No activity is planned for this project.
SH 31 Bridge Painting Project – Westbound at Trinity River/Eastbound at Cedar Creek
(Notice of Project Completion)
Work resumes Saturday, May 13, on this project and continues Monday, May 15. Expect various lane closures on the bridge during work hours.
Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance plans to perform edge maintenance on FM 1971 from US 84 to the Panola County line. 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 79 South Widening Project
The contractor is applying an asphalt surface and conducting driveway work. Expect lane closures and brief delays with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control. 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.
Smith County – Tyler Maintenance will be performing base repairs on FM 14 south of the Sabine River. A second crew will conduct spot seal operations starting on SH 110N then continuing on FM 849 and FM 857. Expect lane closures at both work locations with flaggers providing traffic control.
Smith County construction projects updates:
FM 344 Culvert Replacement Project
The contractor is conducting concrete work to replace the culvert on FM 344 at Bell Branch Creek near Whitehouse. The job also includes restoring the pavement. The roadway is closed at this location and motorists must use other routes to reach their destinations. A detour route is in place: take FM 756 to FM 346 to SH 110.
Loop 323 West Widening at UPRR Underpass
More cleanup work as this project nears completion. Lane closures are possible. This project widened Loop 323 from SH 31 to Shaw Street and replaced the railroad bridge.
FM 1253 Widening Project
Motorists are encouraged to avoid these areas as crews apply seal coat on all three roadways. Expect lane closures and delays. The project is widening, sealing and resurfacing all three roads.
SH 31E Widening Project
Seal coat operations are underway and will be followed up with the application of a Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface. Expect lane closures and possible delays. The speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.
Spur 248 Widening Project
Work is ongoing in the eastbound lanes including cement treating, processing flex base and placing storm drainage. The speed limit is 55 mph during construction to widen Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with flush median.
SH 155 Resurfacing Project
No work is planned for the week on this project to repair the existing pavement structure and place a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface. Expect lane closures and delays when work resumes with flaggers and signage in place to assist traffic through the work zone.
Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance returns to base repair work on FM 1995 between FM 773 and the Smith County line. A second crew will be conducting routine maintenance activities on roadways around the county. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Van Zandt County construction projects updates:
FM 314 Widening Project
The contractor is cement treating subgrade and hauling flex base. Structure work continues at Horsley Creek. Expect daily lane closures on this project to widen FM 314.
FM 1256 Widening Project
The contractor will complete ditch work, and plans to start mixing and cement treating the next 1-mile section of roadway. Expect lane closures on this project that is widening almost 8 miles of the roadway.
County Roads Bridge Replacement Projects
The contractor plans to construct bridge rail on CR 4404 at Cream Level Creek as well as place embankment and install fencing on CR 2908 at Purtis Creek. Both roads are closed to thru traffic.
I-20 Westbound Exit Relocation Project
The contractor plans to complete striping on the new CRCP frontage road. Other possible work includes moving the barrier wall, completing paving to tie-in the new ramp to I-20, moving traffic to the new FM 314 exit ramp and closing the existing ramp with barrier wall.
Phase I of the project includes reconstructing the frontage road and building a 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 continue pavement level up operations on FM 2225 and FM 2088. Expect lane closures in both work zones with flaggers providing traffic control.
Wood County construction projects updates:
SH 182, etc., Safety Treating Project
The contractor plans to continue work on cross-structures, ditch blading and surface repairs to driveways and county roads. Expect occasional lane closures.
This project includes resetting driveway pipe, cross culvert extensions, guardrail and various other improvements. The contractor is currently working on FM 2869 moving southward from FM 2088 to SH 154.
I-20 Total Maintenance Contract
Routine maintenance activities are ongoing on I-20 with moving operations throughout the week:
No lane closures are planned but that is subject to change.