US 82 (Lamar Ave.) from 33rd St. to 42nd St.
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US 82 (Lamar Ave.) from 33rd St. to 42nd St.

Raised Median Project

Project overview

The Texas Department of Transportation is constructioning a raised center median and turn lanes on US 82 (Lamar Avenue). The proposed median will begin at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and 33rd Street and continue east, terminating at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lamar Ave. Left-turn lanes will be constructed at signalized intersections (33rd Street, Loop 286, Walmart, and 42nd Street). Additional turn lanes will provide U-turn/left hand turn opportunities at two locations west of Loop 286 for both east and west bound traffic, and one location east of Loop 286 for west bound traffic. U-turns can also be completed at the signalized intersections both east and west bound.

Project need and purpose

Construction of the raised median is necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public in Paris, Texas and Lamar County. Once completed, the median and turn lanes will reduce traffic conflict between oncoming vehicles, enhance traffic flow, and provide traffic storage to facilitate safer turning movements. These improvements, in turn, reduce the likelihood of collision.


  • Construction of approximately 3,177 feet of concrete median barrier along US 82
  • The median barrier would vary in width from approximately 2’ to 13’
  • The barrier will be approximately 8” in height
  • Restricted access curb cuts will be constructed in the median at various locations to allow mid-block turning movements
  • Roadway surface to be expanded at key intersections to allow sufficient turning radius for a passenger vehicle to make a U-turn
  • Traffic signals to be re-timed to account for change in turning movements caused by the elimination of the two way left turn lane

Project timeline

TxDOT is committed to working with the public to minimize impacts from construction projects as much as possible. Project estimated to begin February 2024 and expected to complete in approximately 180 days if weather permits.

Traffic updates

Permanent and temporary digital message boards placed along the route will alert drivers in real-time to lane closures and construction activity.