Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: Aug. 11, 2017
TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the week of Aug.14, 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.
The District’s summer seal coat operations are in full swing but operating about a day behind due to wet weather. Work is anticipated to occur and be completed this weekend on SH 110 from US 80 to FM 1255. On Monday, crews move to US 80, working between FM 857 east of Grand Saline to near East Loop 564 in Mineola, throughout the week. Expect delays with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control. This is a fast moving construction project that could mean traffic impacts on multiple roads in a single day. Additional information on this work is available in the Wood County section of this release. A press release was distributed last week with the full schedule.
Work resumes Sunday night on US 271/Beckham Avenue in Tyler. Sunday’s work will be in the southbound right lane between Mulberry and Front streets; and the northbound left lane between Erwin and Ferguson streets. The full project limits are from Oakwood St. to SH 64/Fifth Street. Work is being conducted from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. Additional information on this project is available in the Smith County section of this news release.
Also in Tyler, Donnybrook Avenue will be closed Monday through Wednesday at Loop 323 at the Torchy’s Taco drive (not blocking the entrance) as repairs are conducted. The work is not expected to impact Loop 323 traffic and should be completed by end of day Wednesday. Crews then move to Loop 323 in front of Goodwill Industries to perform repairs in the ditch. No lane closures are planned during this work but caution is advised at both locations.
Maintenance contractor, Drewery Construction, will conduct overlay operations on FM 95 starting in Rusk County from US 84 for approximately six miles to FM 1971. Motorists can expect daytime lane closures Monday through Wednesday followed by night time operations Thursday through possibly Saturday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expect alternating lane closures in both the northbound and southbound directions during this work. On Monday, August 21, mill and inlay operations are planned for SH 31 east of Chandler, wrapping up on Tuesday. Work will occur in both the eastbound and westbound lanes from the end of curb and gutter section near Pop’s Chicken moving east to the Smith/Anderson County line. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Motorists can expect lane closures on eastbound I-20 at the Toll 49 interchange as the NETRMA contractor conducts work on the Lindale Relief Route project. I-20 lane closures are possible from FM 849 to FM 411 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the week. Contact the NETRMA at 903-630-7447 for additional information.
Anderson County – Palestine Maintenance plans to perform overlay operations on SH 294 starting 1.6 miles west of Slocum. That work will be followed by base repairs on FM 837 at various locations between FM 315 and SH 19. 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 bridge at Mack Creek is open to traffic with closeout activities being conducted.
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 crews plan to conduct ditch work and edge repairs on various roadways around the county. Expect lane closures with traffic control provided by flaggers and a pilot vehicle.
Cherokee County construction projects updates:
US 69 Widening through Wells
Work to build a detour and install culverts is progressing 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. There are minimal impacts to traffic. 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 continues backfilling pavement operations. 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 is ongoing on this project to treat fixed objects for safety. Expect lane closures.
Gregg County – Longview Maintenance plans to place seal coat on FM 2204 from US 259 to FM 2276 as well as conduct routine patching operations at various locations around the county. Expect the roadway to be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control.
Gregg County construction projects updates:
SH 149 at Sabine River
Work will require outside lane closures this week. The project consists of constructing new rails and sidewalk on the bridge and increasing its load carrying capacity. The contractor will be working under the bridge this week.
US 80 Widening in Gladewater
Storm sewer work continues on the south side of the roadway with eastbound traffic reduced to one lane. 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
Alternate routes are recommended as work continues on this project now in Phase II construction. The roadway is down to one lane in all directions. Work is being conducted in multiple traffic phases that could require overnight lane closures. 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
The contractor is working to tie-in the approaches and install guard fence. 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. It also includes applying a hot mix asphalt surface, curb and gutter as well as sidewalk.
Henderson County – Athens Maintenance plans to perform base repairs on FM 2588 as well as conduct hot mix operations on FM 2588, US 175W, SH 334 and FM 85. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
Henderson County construction projects updates:
SH 19 Widening Project (New Project)
The contractor has started work, setting driveway pipes and preparing to begin clearing the right of way. Daily lane closures can be expected with a pilot vehicle providing traffic control. Please be advised that the 70 mph speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph for the duration of this project which consists of adding 10 foot shoulders on both the northbound and southbound travel lanes.
US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)
Traffic has been moved temporarily to the newly constructed lanes to allow the contractor to rework the old lanes. The contractor is widening structures on the old roadway. Traffic will remain in its new 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 contractor has begun cement treating subgrade and placing flex base on the west end of the project to the tie-in around Horseshoe Lake for the westbound travel lanes. Culvert extensions for drainage structures are nearing completion with the headwalls on the north side to follow. Work is progressing on the westbound travel lanes from Poynor Road north to the tie-in for the existing roadway just east of Shady Lane. The permanent westbound travel lanes are under construction with the contractor extending concrete structures and conducting dirt work as Phase II 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
Final closeout activities are ongoing on this project. However, traffic has unrestricted access to the highways on this project.
Rusk County – Henderson Maintenance continues edge work on FM 1716 from FM 782 to FM 2011. Expect 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 plans to remove sediment control as the project nears completion. Expect lane closures 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
Current work includes installing metal beam guard fence, placing embankment on edges, and placing hot mix on driveways. 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 sidewalks and ramps on Business 79 and Business 64 in Henderson. Work on pavement markings is being conducted in Overton. The project limits are in 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 resurfacing work on SH 155S from inside Loop 323 to Earl Campbell Parkway. The work will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily and should take about a week and a half to complete. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. A second crew will be cleaning ditches in various locations around the county. Lane closures are possible.
Smith County construction projects updates:
US 271 Mill and Inlay Project
Night work resumes at 7:30, Sunday, with the contractor conducting base repairs followed by resurfacing operations.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.
The proposed work schedule for the week is as follows, weather permitting:
FM 1253 Widening Project
The contractor plans to work on closeout activities on this project that is widening, sealing and resurfacing the roads.
SH 31E Widening Project
Work to apply the final Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface on the roadway starts Wednesday. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.
SH 31E Overlay Project
No work is scheduled on this project. Milling and surface treatment operations are complete. The project is placing a one course surface treatment and a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface on the roadway.
Spur 248 Widening Project
Driveways, flex-base and backfilling work are ongoing in the eastbound lanes. 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
The contract expects to begin work to apply the final Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface on the roadway from Loop 323 to just past Tyler Pounds Airport. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control.
SH 155 Resurfacing Project
Clean up operations are expected to get underway on this project to repair the existing pavement structure and place 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
Expect delays during work to install the new curb/median on Loop 323 between Old Bullard Road and Donnybrook Avenue on this project to add right turn lanes to various intersections in Tyler. Additionally, work has started at Independence and US 69 in advance of the new school year. Expect delays here as well.
The project is removing the existing medians to extend 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.
Tyler State Park
Work is ongoing at areas within the park. Coordination with the public has been made through the park website.
Van Zandt County – Canton Maintenance plans to perform routine ditch maintenance at various locations around the county. Weather permitting, seal coat operations will start on FM 1995 between FM 773 and FM 314. Expect lane closures at all locations with flaggers providing traffic control.
Van Zandt County construction projects updates:
I-20 Westbound Exit Ramp at FM 314 Relocation Project
Work on the detour is nearing completion. Work on Phase II in front of the businesses will begin with demolition of the existing roadway and traffic diverted to the newly constructed detour. Motorists can expect short delays throughout the 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 continues. Ditch work is ongoing as well as flex-base hauling and processing. Expect delays with flaggers and a pilot vehicle controlling traffic.
FM 1256 Widening Project
Structure work will continue. A prime will be placed on the recently completed section three as the contractor continues hauling and processing flex-base on section four. Driveways are also being paved on this section. Expect delays with daily lane closures controlled by flaggers and a pilot vehicle on this project to widen almost eight miles of the roadway.
FM 1861 Project
Driveway and structure work continue in the first section east of SH 19. Flex base hauling and processing continues. Expect delays with daily lane closures controlled by flaggers and a pilot vehicle.
County Roads Bridge Replacement Projects
No work is planned for the week. The roadways are open to thru traffic.
Wood County – Mineola Maintenance plans to conduct blade overlay work on Loop 564 and base repairs on SH 154. Expect lane closures in both work zones with flaggers providing traffic control.
Wood County construction projects updates:
Districtwide Seal Coat Operations
Work will continue in northern Van Zandt County. Upon completion the contractor will move to Wood County Roads. Motorists can expect delays with flaggers and a pilot car controlling traffic. This is a fast moving construction project, with work scheduled for 50 roads throughout the Tyler District. Traffic impacts on multiple roads in a single day are possible with this project.
SH 182, etc., Safety Treating Project
Work is scheduled to begin on FM 49 between FM 14 and FM 778. The contractor will complete mowing operations and begin cross-structure extension. Occasional delays can be expected with minimal traffic impacts.
I-20 Total Maintenance Contract
Mill and Inlay Project
Work resumes in Van Zandt County at the I-20 westbound Safety Rest Area near Mile Marker 538. Expect delays with the outside lanes of I-20 closed during work hours. Project work is occurring at various entrance and exit ramps as well as some mainlane locations in Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties. Expect mainlane or ramp closures at the work locations when work resumes in Van Zandt County.
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.