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TxDOT Update - 8-5-13

PALESTINE, August 5, 2013—Texas Department of Transportation has planned the following area roadwork for this week:

ANDERSON CO. – TxDOT maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform edge work on FM 321 between SH 155 and FM 2276 in Neches.

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

Other area TxDOT work planned for this week:

TYLER – Construction crews from TxDOT contractor Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Hewitt, are scheduled Monday, to begin several months of work to widen SH 64, to five lanes between Tyler Pounds Regional Airport and FM 2661, just west of Toll 49.

“This section of SH 64 is a bottleneck,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “Particularly now that Toll 49, is putting additional traffic on it. This project will be an immediate improvement to the safety and mobility through this area.”

The $2.4 million project is scheduled for completion next summer.

Also this week in Smith County, work associated with TxDOT’s annual preventative maintenance program known as District Wide Seal Coat, is scheduled to be performed as early as Wednesday, on FM 2661, between SH 64, near Toll 49, and Big Eddy Road, including the Pine Cove area. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Loose gravel may be present for several days following a seal coat application.

And Contract construction crews will close the Tyler intersection of Front Street (SH 31) and Broadway Avenue, to all traffic at 8 p.m., Friday, so work can begin to repair the damaged storm drain that caused a sink hole to form in the intersection on July 23.

The intersection will remain closed to all traffic through 5 a.m., Monday, or until the work is completed.

Crews will be working 24 hours per day removing the old storm drain pipe and replacing it with a new pipe, then repairing the roadway.

“There wasn’t much choice in terms of closing the intersection because of how the pipe runs,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “The question was how long it would take and how much trouble would it cause to try to make the repairs during the day and during the week. Obviously, working 24 hours a day from Friday night to early Monday was the best answer.”

Motorists are encouraged to plan alternate routes now to avoid inconvenience while the work is in progress.

GREGG COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to resume shoulder work on the US 259-Kilgore Bypass, between the south end and FM 349. Once that work is complete, crews are scheduled to close the north end of the Bypass to work in the Synergy Park area. Marked detours will be posted for that work. Also this week in Gregg County, construction on the US 80 project between White Oak and Longview, is nearing the completion of one phase and beginning another, which will call for the lane closure to be shifted from the eastbound side to the westbound side of US 80. That change should occur in the next 10 days. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the area, and be on the lookout for heavy equipment entering and leaving the work area.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform resurfacing operations on SH 19, between Interstate 20 north of Canton, and US 80. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Looking ahead to the Week of August 12, work associated with TxDOT’s annual preventative maintenance program known as District Wide Seal Coat is expected to begin in Van Zandt County as early as Monday, that week with work in the following locations in the following order: FM 858 between Ben Wheeler and FM 314; FM 16 between FM 773 and FM 314; FM 859 between SH 64 and IH 20; and SH 64 between IH 20 and US 80. “These are the roads we’ve been working on over the past 18 months or so, getting them ready for this preventative-maintenance treatment,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “Sealing the repairs we’ve made to these roads will help them last for several years without any further work.”

QUITMAN – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs in Quitman on SH 37, between the Dairy Queen and the Courthouse, and on SH 154 between the eastern edge of the current construction project and the Ford dealership at the SH 154/SH 37 “Y.” Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes if possible to avoid delays.

RUSK COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin base and pavement-repair operations on US 259, between North Loop 571 and FM 850. Also this week, work associated with TxDOT’s annual preventative maintenance program known as District Wide Seal Coat is scheduled to continue in Rusk County. Crews on Monday, are scheduled to complete their work on SH 135, between Overton and SH 42, then move to US 259, between FM 850, and the Kilgore Bypass, followed by the same work on FM 782, between FM 1716, in Oak Hill and SH 149, near the Gregg County Line. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress. Motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone. Loose gravel may be present for several days following a seal coat application.

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform ditch maintenance on FM 1089, south of Troup, between SH 110, and FM 13. A second crew is scheduled to begin edge work on FM 2137, between FM 344, west of Bullard and FM 855, north of Cuney. 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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