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TxDOT area road work update 5-19-14

PALESTINE, May 19, 2014—Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to conclude base and pavement repairs on US 287 between Elkhart and the Houston County Line, then move midweek to perform the same work on SH 294 between FM 323 and FM 228 near the Cherokee County Line. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

Other TxDOT area road work planned for this week:

TYLER – Construction work is scheduled to begin Monday to expand Tyler’s West Loop 323 to six lanes, build a new railroad overpass and eliminate the bottleneck between Bellwood Drive and SH 31 (West Front Street).

“Weather has played a big role in delaying the start of this project, but we’re on go now,” said TxDOT public information officer Larry Krantz. “It’s going to be an interesting project to watch.”

The $12.2 million project calls for building a temporary railroad overpass adjacent to the existing location, demolishing the existing structure and then building a longer, more modern overpass to accommodate the additional lanes built beneath it.

Raised medians will also be added, filling the gap between Bellwood Drive and Elm Street.

Additionally, the project will greatly expand the intersection of Loop 323 and West Front Street to accommodate free-right-turn lanes and dual left-turn lanes for Loop 323 traffic onto West Front Street.

“We’re outgrowing our infrastructure in Tyler,” Krantz said. “And while that can be painful in the short term, in the long run it says good things about the economy in Tyler and across East Texas.”

The work is largely scheduled to be done during nighttime hours and on weekends, but some daytime lane closures and turn restrictions may be in effect at various times during the project.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

Also this week, nighttime construction work begins Sunday to repair and resurface SH 110 between Aberdeen Road south of the Troup-and-the-Loop intersection in Tyler and just north of Toll 49. Work is scheduled to be conducted between 7 pm-6am Sunday-Thursday.

The $1.2 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Elsewhere in Smith County, TxDOT maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform resurfacing operations on FM 346 between US 69 Flint and

FM 2964 (Rhone’s Quarter Road) near Whitehouse.

Daytime lane closures will be in while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic in two-lane areas.

GREGG COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on the US 259 Kilgore Bypass between FM 349 east of Kilgore and the south end of the Bypass. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

CANTON – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue making base and pavement repairs on SH 19 between Interstate 20 and SH 64. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone.

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform shoulder and edge work on SH 204 between Loop 456 in Jacksonville and SH 110 in Ponta. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

WOOD COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue resurfacing operations on FM 514 west of Yantis. A second crew is scheduled to perform base and pavement repairs on SH 37 between Quitman and Winnsboro. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

RUSK COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue resurfacing operations on FM 95 between FM 1798 in Minden and US 84 east of Mount Enterprise. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress and flaggers will control traffic.

HENDERSON COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue resurfacing operations in various locations on FM 1615 between SH 19 south of Athens and the end of state maintenance. A second crew is scheduled to conclude resurfacing work on FM 59 in Athens between SH 19 and Loop 7. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

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