TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the week of June 19, 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.
In Gladewater, Phase I work to widen US 80 from Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road kicks off on the eastbound side of the roadway. The project will impact traffic. Expect lane closures and delays. Get more information on this project in the Gregg County section of this release.
Milling operations postponed last week are slated to begin Tuesday on I-20 in Van Zandt County. Work will be conducted in the eastbound and westbound outside lanes as well as at the Safety Rest Area. Work is slated for the eastbound, outside lane from Mile Marker 529-536; and the westbound, outside lane Mile Markers 528, 529 and 533-539. Once work is completed in Van Zandt County, the operation moves to various locations through Smith and Gregg counties.
Additionally, spot seal operations kick off on I-20 in Smith County this week. This work will take place at various areas along I-20 starting Tuesday on the service roads and ramps at FM 757. Motorists can expect mainlane or ramp closures at the various work locations throughout Smith County. Once completed, operations move to Van Zandt County.
Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance plans to conduct level up operations on US 287 North between Cayuga and the Trinity River. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Anderson County construction projects updates:
US 79 New Lane Construction Project
Work is underway in the existing southbound lanes. 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 to widen the northbound lanes by adding shoulders and passing lanes is underway. Other work ongoing throughout the project limits includes pavement work and driveway installation. 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. Progress on the project was hampered recently due to weather and materials.
Off-System Bridge Replacement Project
County Road (CR) 458 is closed with right-of-way clearing underway and temporary fencing installed as the contractor prepares to remove the existing bridge at Beaver Creek to build a new one. Only local traffic will have access between Beaver Creek and CR 459 and from Beaver Creek to FM 2330.
Cherokee County – Jacksonville and Rusk maintenance crews plan to conduct mill and inlay operations on US 79 West in Jacksonville between FM 347 and FM 747 North. The work will take at least a week to complete. Expect lane closures at both locations with flaggers providing traffic control.
Cherokee County construction projects updates:
US 69 Widening through Wells
The contractor plans to begin construction of a detour and continue culvert installations 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 plans to remove the westbound detour and profile mill the westbound lanes this week in preparation for placing the final surface. 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
The contractor continues drainage pipe installations on this project to treat fixed objects for safety. Expect lane closures.
Gregg County – Longview Maintenance plans to perform work on SH 149 near I-20 at the intersection of the ramps on Wednesday. Milling operations will be conducted on SH 300 and HG Mosley. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.
Gregg County construction projects updates:
US 80 Widening in Gladewater (New Project)
The contractor will begin work on the eastbound side as Phase I work kicks off this week. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction. The project consists of widening US 80 to have a final configuration of four through lanes and a left turn lane from Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road. Work will include 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.
SH 300/Gilmer Road and US 80 ADA Ramps
Work to construct ADA curb ramps continue 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 work continues 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 on this project to build a new overpass over the railroad crossing. Lane closures will be necessary as work progresses across US 80. Alternate routes suggested during this work.
FM 2087 over Sabine River
The contractor is currently working to form the new bridge rails. 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)
Graystone Road is now open allowing traffic to proceed through the new George Richey Road intersection to McCann Road. This is for access to the northern portion of Graystone Road. 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.
Henderson County – Athens Maintenance plans to perform base repairs on FM 2709 from SH 19 to FM 316. Overlay operations are planned for FM 607 from SH 31 to FM 317. 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. Other ongoing work includes dirt and drainage work around Loop 60 East 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)
Work is ongoing to build the permanent westbound travel lanes. The contractor is extending concrete structures and conducting dirt work as Phase II construction progresses to build the new westbound lanes. 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 highway 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 as well as 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 work is scheduled to occur on this project.
Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance plans to perform edge maintenance on FM 1971 from US 84 to the Panola County line. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.
Rusk County construction projects updates:
US 79 South Widening Project
The contractor plans to place a hot mix overlay on the roadway. 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.
SH 43 Overlay Project
Seal coat operations start Tuesday, weather permitting. The project includes applying an asphalt overlay, base repairs, applying new striping, and installing new metal beam guard fence. Expect alternating lane closures and delays with flaggers and a pilot car.
Smith County – Tyler Maintenance resumes spot seal operations on SH 110 North and FM 849. The work will also be conducted on FM 206 later in the week. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Smith County construction projects updates:
FM 344 Culvert Replacement Project
Concrete work is ongoing on this project 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.
FM 1253 Widening Project
Motorists are encouraged to avoid these roads as seal coat operations are conducted, weather permitting. Expect lane closures and delays on the project to widen, seal and resurface the roads.
SH 31 East Widening Project
Seal coat operations continue as weather permits. This will be followed by the application of a Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface. Expect lane closures and possible delays. The speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.
SH 31 East Overlay Project
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
Eastbound lane work is ongoing, 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
Milling operations are being conducted 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.
SH 64 Resurfacing Project
The contractor is preparing to start milling operations on this project to place a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface on the roadway from Loop 323 to just past Tyler Pounds Airport. Expect lane closures and delays during this work with flaggers providing traffic control.
SH I-20 Resurfacing Project
Work should start soon 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. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control.
Turn Lanes Project
Work starts this month on this project to add right turn lanes to various intersections in Tyler starting on Loop 323 between Broadway Avenue and Old Bullard Road before moving to US 69. Work will occur at Cumberland, then Independence, South Donnybrook, Rice, South Town and wrap up at Grande and FM 2493.
Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance plans to apply an overlay on the I-20 service road from Mile Marker 536 to Mile Marker 539. Crews will also conduct spot seal on FM 1995, and cleanup activities on SH 110E in Van. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.
Van Zandt County construction projects updates:
FM 1861 Project
The contractor is installing driveway pipe and cross-structures extensions. Motorists should expect occasional lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle providing traffic control.
FM 314 Widening Project
The contractor will continue processing flex base, and backfilling pavement edges. Structure work will continue at Horsley Creek. Motorists should expect daily lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle providing traffic control.
FM 1256 Widening Project
The contractor will continue work on the next one-mile segment of roadway, approximately two miles east of FM 316. Motorists should expect daily lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle providing traffic control on this project to widen almost eight miles of the roadway.
County Roads Bridge Replacement Projects
The contractor plans to finish grading and install permanent seeding on CR 4404 at Cream Level Creek. Both CR 4404 and CR 2908 at Purtis Creek are closed to thru traffic.
I-20 Westbound Exit Relocation Project
With the traffic switch complete, and the new ramp open, the contractor will complete removal of the old ramp, and continue the construction of the temporary detour onto the new service road. No traffic impacts are expected 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.
Wood County – Mineola Maintenance plans to conduct edge repairs on FM 2869 and ditch work on 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 plans to complete repairs to driveways and intersections cut to install new drainage pipe. No traffic impacts are expected. The project includes resetting driveway pipe, cross culvert extensions, guardrail and various other improvements. The contractor is 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.