TXDOT PROJECT UPDATES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 17, 2017
July 14, 2017
TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of July 17, 2017. These schedules are subject to changedue to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.
The SH 64 resurfacing project continues from Loop 323 to just west of the Tyler Pounds Airport. Seal coat operations kick off Monday, July 17, and include lane closures with possible delays for traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if at all possible during this work. Flaggers will provide traffic control. More project information is available in the Smith County section of this news release.
Milling operations start Monday, July 17, on the SH 31E overlay project between Loop 323 and FM 850 in Tyler. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destinations as work is conducted in the eastbound lanes starting at Loop 323. More project information is available in the Smith County section of this release.
A major traffic switch is planned for Wednesday, July 19, on the US 175 construction project from Baxter to LaRue in Henderson County. Traffic will be moved from the existing two-lane structure to the newly completed lanes on the south side of the corridor. In addition to the changes to US 175, local residents and county road traffic may see alterations in the way they enter onto the new lanes. This new but temporary configuration will remain in place for about a year as the old lanes are re-worked. Caution is advised as traffic acclimates to these changes. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph in this work zone. Additional project information is available in the Henderson County section of this release.
Motorists should prepare for a night time project set to get underway on US 271 on Sunday, July 23, in Tyler. The project consists of repairing the base in the mainlanes, conducting work on the side streets, applying a new surface and striping. This work will have major impacts on traffic flow. Law enforcement will be utilized to assist with traffic control. Special attention is being given to allow for minimal impacts to hospitals and the flow of emergency vehicles. Work will be conducted from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. Expect lane closures and delays during this work. Get additional project information in the Smith County section of this release.
Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance continues base and edge repairs on FM 323 between SH 294 and FM 1817. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Anderson County construction projects updates:
US 79 New Lane Construction Project
Work continues in the existing northbound lanes with hot mix level up to be followed by surface mix. Motorists are urged to watch for trucks entering and exiting the traffic flow. Other ongoing work includes: concrete paving operations in the new northbound lanes between FM 645 and CR 2205, and work on the new FM 645 Overpass. 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
Work continues to widen the northbound lanes by adding shoulders and passing lanes. The posted speed limit is 55 mph. Expect delays and multiple lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.
Off-System Bridge Replacement Project
The road is closed and traffic is detoured for the construction of a new bridge at Mack Creek on CR 2133. Work continues with dirt work, hot mix asphalt, and metal beam guard fence scheduled over the next couple of weeks. The bridge should be open to traffic by the mid-August, weather permitting.
Off-System Bridge Replacement Project
County Road (CR) 458 is closed and construction is ongoing to build the new bridge. Only local traffic has access between Beaver Creek and CR 459 and from Beaver Creek to FM 2330.
Cherokee County – Jacksonville and Rusk Maintenance move the mill and inlay operation to US 84 between FM 2138 and the Neches River. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Cherokee County construction projects updates:
US 69 Widening through Wells
Work to build a detour and install culverts is ongoing 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
Work continues to place the new final surface on the roadway. The contractor also plans to start installing hot mix driveways along the project limits. Expect daily lane closures for the duration of the project when construction equipment is near the travel lanes. The speed limit is reduced throughout the project limits.
FM 22 Safety Treatment Project
Drainage work continues on this project to treat fixed objects for safety. Expect lane closures.
Gregg County – Longview Maintenance will be milling and inlaying asphalt patches on SH 300 around the Reel Road area. Expect various lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control.
Gregg County construction projects updates:
US 80 Widening in Gladewater
The contractor is working on storm sewer on the south side of the roadway. Traffic is reduced to one lane as Phase I work is conducted. The project consists of widening US 80 to four through lanes with a left turn lane from Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road. Work includes earthwork, base and surface work, storm sewer, concrete curb and gutter, safety improvements, and upgrading signage and pavement markings. Motorists can expect delays and lane closures during this work.
Loop 281 at FM 1845/Pine Tree Road
Traffic is now in the Phase II configuration with the roadway reduced to one lane in all directions. Work is being 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
The contractor is conducting closeout activities on this project to build a new overpass over the railroad crossing.
FM 2087 over Sabine River
Work on the new bridge railing is ongoing. 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 building the new bridge. The project includes constructing two bridges and a four-lane roadway with center left turn lanes from McCann Road to SH 300/Gilmer Road. The job includes applying a hot mix asphalt surface, curb and gutter as well as sidewalk.
Henderson County – Athens Maintenance plans to conduct edge repairs on FM 607 from SH 31 to FM 317. Spot milling operations will be performed on FM 3079 from FM 315 to FM 314. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Henderson County construction projects updates:
US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)
A traffic switch to move traffic temporarily to the newly constructed southbound lanes is set for Wednesday, July 19. The switch will occur from FM 804 near Baxter, east to 1.1 miles east of Loop 60 at LaRue. This will allow the contractor to re-work the old US 175 mainlanes. These changes could also alter the way local residents and county road traffic enters the new lanes. Expect lane closures and delays on this project. Look for message boards and other advance warning signage already installed. Caution is advised as traffic acclimates to the changes. Traffic will remain in this configuration until work on the existing roadway is completed, approximately one year, weather permitting. 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)
The permanent westbound travel lanes are under construction with the contractor extending concrete structures and conducting dirt work as phase two construction progresses. As part of the new highway construction, a short stretch of CR 4401 was permanently closed from the intersection of US 175’s new eastbound lanes to the new right of way. The rest of CR 4401 is 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 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
Work on closeout activities continues on this project.
Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance plans to perform edge maintenance on FM 850 from US 259 to FM 2276. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control. Rusk County construction projects updates:
US 79 South Widening Project
Striping and shoulder embankment work are ongoing. Expect lane closures and brief delays with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control. A reduced speed limit of 60 mph is implemented and is being enforced by DPS. 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.
SH 43 Overlay Project
Hot mix asphalt operations are ongoing. Expect alternating lane closures and delays with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control. The project includes applying an asphalt overlay, base repairs, applying new striping, and installing new metal beam guard fence.
ADA Ramp Installations
Work continues to construct ADA curb ramps on SH 135 and FM 850 in Overton. Work is planned for locations around Rusk County including Business 79 in Henderson where the next work is scheduled. The project limits are basically the downtown areas of Henderson and Overton. Expect outside lane closures in alternating directions as the work progresses. Delays are possible. Work includes removing the existing and building new ramps, sidewalks, hand rails and curb and gutter.
Smith County – Tyler Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on FM 14 near the Wood County line and edge repairs on FM 346 east of Whitehouse southward toward Troup. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.
Smith County construction projects updates:
US 271 Mill and Inlay Project (New Project)
This new night time construction project is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 23. Message boards have been installed along the project limits to notify the traveling public about the project. The contract consists of base repairs, planing, applying a hot mix surface and striping. Work will be conducted between 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. Alternate routes are suggested to avoid lane closures and delays during work hours.
FM 344 Culvert Replacement Project
Concrete work continues on 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.
FM 1253 Widening Project
No lane closures are anticipated as work continues to widen, seal and resurface the roads.
SH 31E Widening Project
No work is currently scheduled to occur. When work resumes, the contractor will be applying the Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface which will cause delays for drivers. The speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.
SH 31E Overlay Project
Milling operations begin Monday, July 17, in the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Loop 323. Message boards are in place to notify the traveling public of the work. This project is expected to begin soon to place a one course surface treatment and a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface on the roadway.
Spur 248 Widening Project
Work continues on the eastbound lanes including storm drain, flex-base and cement treating. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. 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 64 Resurfacing Project
Motorists can expect lane closures and delays as the contractor conducts seal coat operations starting Monday. Work will be conducted in the eastbound lanes moving toward Tyler. The contract is placing a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface on the roadway from Loop 323 to just past Tyler Pounds Airport. Flaggers will provide traffic control.
SH 155 Resurfacing Project
No work is planned this week. The project is repairing the existing pavement structure and placing a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface.
I-20 Resurfacing Project
No work is scheduled on this project to place a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface in the westbound lanes and install updates to the metal beam guard fence along this stretch of I-20.
Turn Lanes Project
Work continues on Loop 323 between Old Bullard Road and Donnybrook Avenue on this project to add right turn lanes to various intersections in Tyler. The contractor is removing portions of the existing medians to make upgrades to the existing turn lanes. Work will be conducted on US 69, Cumberland Road, Independence, South Donnybrook, Rice, South Town and wrap up at Grande and FM 2493. Expect lane closures and delays during this work with flaggers providing traffic control.
Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance continues overlaying SH 198 from the Kaufman County line moving toward Canton. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Van Zandt County construction projects updates:
I-20 Westbound Exit Relocation Project
No work will be conducted this week.
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.
FM 314 Widening Project
Structure work will continue at Horsley Creek. Subgrade work and cement treating will begin on the next section of roadway, approximately four miles south of I-20. Expect delays with daily lane closures controlled by flaggers and a pilot vehicle.
FM 1256 Widening Project
Work continues to pave driveways and mailbox turnouts. Flex base will be finalized and the prime course surface treatment applied from two miles east of FM 316. Expect daily lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle providing traffic control on this project to widen almost eight miles of the roadway.
FM 1861 Project
Roadway rehab operations will be conducted with the contractor milling and cement treating flex-base. Structure work is ongoing. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle handling traffic control.
County Roads Bridge Replacement Projects
All roadways are open to thru traffic as the contractor continues final cleanup activities.
Wood County – Mineola Maintenance will conduct seal coat work on Loop 564 and SH 37. 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 continues driveway repairs on FM 2869 with no impacts to traffic. The project includes resetting driveway pipe, cross culvert extensions, guardrail and various other improvements. Current work is on FM 2869 moving southward from FM 2088 to SH 154.
I-20 Total Maintenance Contract
No work is planned for this week. Spot repair operations are being conducted on I-20 at various entrance and exit ramps as well as some mainlane locations in Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties.
I-20 Routine Maintenance
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
- Mowing: Continues in Van Zandt County
- Sign Maintenance: Thursday and Friday through all three counties
- Luminaire Maintenance: Thursday and Friday through all three counties
- Longline: Service roads in Van Zandt County
- Lane Closure: Westbound at the Sabine River in Gregg County
No lane closures are planned but that is subject to change.