Contact: Tim McAlavy

Phone: (903) 737-9213

Date: Feb. 24, 2020

PARIS – Texas Department of Transportation officials today announced that work to widen and improve FM 1417 in Grayson County is scheduled to begin March 2.

Contractor Zachry Construction Corporation was granted 767 working days, weather permitting, to complete this project valued at more than $31.3 million. The target completion date for this project is March 2024, officials said.

The project will reach from State Highway 82 to State Highway 56. The contractor will widen the existing two-lane roadway by adding another travel lane in each direction, with a raised median separating north and south-bound traffic. Crews will also install curbs and gutters, traffic signals and pavement markings, and construct a new bridge spanning Sand Creek.

Crews will work from 7 a.m. to dusk Monday through Friday. Occasional lane closures will be required during construction, but access to adjacent properties will be maintained.

The contractor will complete the project in three phases. Phase 1 will construct a new bridge over Sand Creek, add new concrete approach pavement on both sides of the bridge, and install a new water main. Phase 2 will construct new north-bound travel lanes, and Phase 3 will construct new south-bound travel lanes, officials said.

Motorists who travel in this area are asked to pay special attention to all signs, barricades and traffic controls, and reduce their speed as they approach and travel through work zones. They should also prepare for rough pavement and occasional brief traffic delays while this project is underway, and avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems.


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