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Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of May 21, 2018. 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.

A traffic switch is being planned for mid-week on the US 175 Phase III project between Poynor and Frankston to reconfigure the eastbound and westbound lanes. Eastbound will be moved to the north side of the roadway. Additional project information is available in the Henderson County section of this release.

Anderson County

Crews expect to finish mill and inlay operations on US 287 between FM 321 and SH 19 before moving to US 79 and Loop 256, and then, US 79 at the Neches River. Expect lane closures at all locations with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.

Anderson County construction projects updates:

US 79 New Lane Construction Project

Limits: From 1.6 miles southwest of Loop 256 in Palestine south to the Trinity River
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
Cost: $42.7 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
The contractor continues to conduct closeout activities throughout the project limits. Expect lane closures. 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

Limits: From 3.6 miles N of FM 837 (Henderson Co. line) south to .4 mile N of FM 321 at Montalba
Contractor: Big Creek Construction of Hewitt
Cost: $12.5 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Operations to place the final seal coat and surface are scheduled to start soon. The contractor continues daily operations including maintaining signage and performing other miscellaneous work. The project is widening the roadway with the addition of shoulders and passing lanes. The posted speed limit is 55 mph.

US 79 at UPRR Overpass Project

Limits: 1.5 miles east of FM 2574 to 0.5 miles past UPRR Overpass
Contractor: Drewery Construction Company, Inc., of Nacogdoches
Cost: $1.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: September 2018
Work continues on the bridge approaches and under the bridge with the contractor jacking and bracing the bridge, and performing SW3P work within the right-of-way. Motorists should expect daily lane closures with one-way traffic in both directions for the duration of the project. This project consists of cleaning and painting steel girders, bridge rail replacement, and a concrete overlay of the existing bridge deck.

Cherokee County

Mill and inlay operations will continue on US 69 between Alto and Wells. Expect lane closures at various locations utilizing cones and arrow boards to assist with work zone traffic control. Crews will then perform overlay operations on FM 747 between US 84 and US 79. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Cherokee County construction projects updates:

US 69 Widening through Wells

Limits: From 2 miles north of FM 1247 in Wells, south to 0.9 miles south of FM 1247
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
Cost: $17.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: December 2018
Work continues on the west side of the roadway. The project is widening 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 on traffic. The speed limit has been reduced on the northern end of the project until work is completed.

FM 22 Safety Treatment Project

Limits: From 1.5 MI W of FM 768, E to SH 110
Contractor: Highway 19 Construction
Cost: $1 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018
Cleanup activities continue as the project nears completion.

Gregg County

Mill and inlay hot mix operations move to US 80 through the Clarksville City area working from Locker Plant Road to Lake Devernia Road. Work will be conducted in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

SH 135 Kilgore Overlay

Limits: Traffic Circle in Kilgore North to .5 miles north of SH 31
Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
Cost: $2.4 million
Anticipated Completion Date: End of Summer 2018
The contractor will be working on bridge rail on the east side of the road on this project to overlay SH 135 from the Kilgore Circle to just north of SH 31 intersection. Motorist should expect delays. Traffic has been shifted to the Phase I construction configuration which has northbound travel reduced to one lane throughout the length of the project. Work includes hot mix overlay, new pavement markings, new bridge rail and new Metal Beam Guard Fence,

US 80 Widening in Gladewater

Limits: Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road.
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road
Cost: $3.54 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018
Phase II construction is being conducted with the roadway reduced to one lane of travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic. Work continues on storm sewer, curb and gutter, and flex-base on the north side of the roadway. The project consists of widening US 80 to four through lanes with a left turn lane from Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road.

Loop 281 at FM 1845/Pine Tree Road

Limits: From US 80 to Shofner Drive
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
Cost: $4.54 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Work continues on traffic signals, sidewalk, driveways, illumination and inlets. Traffic remains at one lane in all directions. Alternate routes are recommended on this project where work is being conducted in multiple 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.

SH 149 at Sabine River

Limits: From SH 322 to approximately one half-mile north of the Sabine River Bridge
Contractor: Gibson and Associates
Cost: $3.1 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Traffic is reduced to one lane each direction over the Sabine River Bridge for the next month or so for nighttime and daytime work. Motorists can expect significant delays during construction. The project includes constructing new rails and sidewalk on the bridge, increasing its load carrying capacity, and installing new guardrail on I-20. Expect lane closures and delays.

Henderson County

Base repairs will be performed on FM 2709 between SH 19 and FM 316. A second crew will conduct surface repairs on SH 31W between Downtown Athens and Loop 7. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

Striping Operations

Limits: SH 334 from Cedar Creek Reservoir Bridge to east of SH 198; SH 198 from Kaufman County Line to south of Cedar Creek Reservoir Bridge – cement sections only
Contractor: Striping Technology, LP
Cost: $153.363.00
Anticipated Completion Date: May 2018
The contractor is removing old striping and short line and working to replace stop bars and cross walks on this project in the Gun Barrel City area. The work includes water blast removal of the old thermos-striping, buttons and short line (stop bars, yield bars, arrows, wordage, etc.). Once the old striping is removed, the roadways will be restriped with paint first, then with thermo-stripe. The installation of new buttons and short line will follow. Signage notifying motorists of this project have been installed along the project limits and various other locations. Expect lane closures and brief delays as this project progresses.

SH 19 Widening Project

Limits: FM 1615 South to 0.3 miles south of Coon Creek
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp
Cost: $ 4.95 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019
The contractor is cement treating flex-base, extending cross structures, and conducting dirt work to build the shoulders. Daily lane closures are possible with a pilot vehicle providing traffic control. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph for the duration of the project which consists of adding 10-foot shoulders on both the northbound and southbound travel lanes.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)

Limits: From 0.1 mile SE of FM 804 near Baxter SE to 1.1 miles E of Loop 60E at Larue
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. and Big Creek Construction
Cost: $39.2 million
Anticipated Completion Date: November 2018
Hot mix paving is underway on the westbound lanes from Baxter to one mile east of Larue. Caution advised as trucks enter and exit the work zone. Construction to realign Loop 60 at the intersection of US 175 in Larue continues. Expect short delays with construction equipment at work in the vicinity. Work is ongoing on the new westbound mainlanes from CR 4720 to CR 4719 in Larue. Construction of new culverts continues along the old roadway (proposed westbound lanes) between Baxter and Larue. 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)

Limits: From 1.1 miles E of Loop 60B at Larue to 0.85 mile E of FM 315 at Poynor
Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc., of San Antonio
Cost: $37.8 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Eastbound traffic remains in the inside lane as the contractor finishes ditch and slope repairs. Cleanup is ongoing on the south side of the roadway. Both eastbound travel lanes will open to traffic when work is finished.

The easternmost access to FM 315 and Downtown Poynor is closed. Motorists must use the westernmost access for FM 315 and Poynor.

This Phase II project is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided with a depressed median. The project limits stretch 4.7 miles ending just east of FM 315 in Poynor. The speed limit has been set at 60 mph. A portion of this phase is being built on new location around the south side of Poynor. This is a mobility project to add capacity and improve safety and includes adding one lane in each direction.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase III) in Anderson County

Limits: From 0.85 mile E of FM 315 in Poynor SE to .5 mile NW of SH 155 at Frankston
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc.
Cost: $27.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: October 2019
The contractor is planning to conduct a traffic switch by mid-week to move the eastbound travel lane to the north side of the roadway. The westbound travel lane will be in an undivided configuration. The project moves into Phase II with traffic traveling along the westbound lanes and work being conducted in the eastbound lanes. Storm-water control measures are being maintained throughout the project limits. The project is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

Rusk County

Crews will be conducting base repairs on SH 322 from US 259 to the Gregg County line as well as on FM 1249 from FM 2276 to the US 259 Bypass, and FM 2276 from FM 1249 to the Gregg County line. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot vehicle providing traffic control.

Smith County

Crews will conduct pavement repairs on SH 64E just west of SH 135, and on FM 344 at Emerald Bay. Additionally, a ditch maintenance crew will be working on FM 850 just north of Whitehouse. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all work locations.

Smith County construction projects updates:

FM 346 Bridge Replacement Project (New Project)

Limits: FM 346 at Prairie Creek, south of Lake Tyler
Contractor: Stateline Construction, LLC
Cost: $2.0 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019
The contractor is preparing right of way for construction. The speed limit through the work zone has been reduced to 45 mph. The project is replacing the existing bridge with a wider one.

Legacy Trails – Hike and Bike Trail Development

Limits: West Trail: Three Lakes Pkwy to FM 2813; East Trail: Three Lake Pkwy to Cumberland Rd
Contractor: Reynolds & Kay LTD.
Cost: $4.6 Million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019
No lane closures are expected as sidewalk construction continues on the West Trail from Three Lakes Parkway to FM 2813. Sidewalk construction also continues along the Oncor easement between Dueling Oaks and Cumberland Rd. The project consists of constructing 4.4 miles of hike and bike trails in Southwest Tyler. It includes the construction of parking lots, driveways, landscaping, pedestrian ramps, crosswalks and drainage structures along the 10-foot wide hike and bike trails.

FM 849 Bridge Replacement Project

Limits: FM 849 at I-20
Contractor: Longview Bridge & Road, Ltd., of Longview
Cost: $4.6 Million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018
The contractor continues to establish vegetation and perform final cleanup activities. No lane closures are planned. This is an emergency bridge replacement project consisting of removing the existing steel and concrete structure and replacing it with a new 4-span reinforced concrete structure. Work also includes the widening of the bridge approaches and improvements to the I-20 ramps.

FM 850 Bridge Replacement Project

Limits: FM 850 at Mud Creek just east of FM 21
Contractor: Stateline Construction
Cost: $1.1 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
The contractor is performing project cleanup activities on this project to replace the old bridge.

US 271 Mill and Inlay Project

Limits: From 0.4 miles south of Spur 147 at Oakwood St., south to SH 64/Fifth St. in Tyler
Contractor: Clark Construction of Texas, Inc. from San Antonio
Cost: $2.1 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018
The contractor continues to work on final project items. The project consists of base repairs, planing, applying a hot mix surface and striping. No lane closures planned.

Spur 248 Widening Project

Limits: From 1.75 miles west of FM 848/Old Omen Road going east to SH 64 southeast of Tyler
Contractor: Lonestar Equipment Company, Inc.
Cost: $8.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Embankment, subgrade, drainage and retaining wall work is ongoing on the north side of the roadway with no planned lane closures. The speed limit is 55 mph during construction to widen Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with a flush median.

I-20 Resurfacing Project

Limits: From US 69 to FM 14 WB only
Contractor: Clark Construction
Cost: $2.9 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018
The contractor has implemented cleanup operations. No lane closures are expected on this project that is placing a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface in the westbound lanes and upgrading the MBGF along this stretch of I-20.

Turn Lanes Project

Limits: Various locations throughout Tyler
Contractor: Lonestar Equipment Company, Inc.
Cost: $2.4 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Work continues at Broadway Ave. and South Town Drive with daytime lane closures possible. Work is also ongoing at Grande Blvd. and Old Jacksonville Highway. Expect daytime lane closures to continue from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for work to build the right turn lanes.

The project is removing the existing medians to extend the turn lanes and adding right turn lanes to various intersections in Tyler. Work locations include US 69, Cumberland Road, Independence, South Donnybrook, Rice, South Town and wrap up at Grande and FM 2493.

Van Zandt County

Crews will be conducting edging operations on FM 16 between Van and I-20, on SH 110 between FM 1805 and FM 1255, and on FM 859 from Edgewood to I-20. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.

Van Zandt County construction projects updates:

County Road Bridge Replacement Project

Limits: CR 3415 at Giladon Creek, CR 1903 at Mill Creek Relief, CR 2142 at Caney Creek
Contractor: B & E Construction, Inc.
Cost: $904,800.00
Anticipated Completion Date: December 2018
This project consists of the replacement of three county road bridges in Van Zandt County. The contractor is scheduled to close the CR 1903 Bridge at Mill Creek Relief on Friday, May 18, to begin demolition of the existing structure. The road will remain closed for the duration of construction.

I-20 Westbound Exit Ramp at FM 314 Relocation Project

Limits: From FM 314 WB Exit Ramp and Frontage Road
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
Cost: $4.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
Phase III continues with work to install the I-20 Exit Ramp. Expect daily lane closures on the frontage road. WB Frontage Road is open at CR 4930. The project consists of reconstructing the frontage road and building a new exit ramp 1.13 miles east of FM 314.

I-20 Safety Work

Limits: From Kaufman County Line going east to SH 19, etc.
Contractor: FNH Construction, LLC
Cost: $2.4 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
Work to remove and install Metal Beam Guard Fence and concrete mow strip along the I-20 Frontage Roads continues in Smith County. Expect single lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. Brief delays can be expected.

FM 314 Widening Project

Limits: From I-20 to the Van Zandt/Henderson County line
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., of Buffalo
Cost: $11.9 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
The contractor will be installing the final seal coat from I-20 to SH 64. Expect single lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. Expect minor delays.

SH 243 Widening Project

Limits: From SH 198 east to SH 64 in Canton
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road
Cost: $6.2 million
Anticipated Completion Date: June 2018
Structure and road widening work is ongoing on the north side of the road. Expect delays with a pilot vehicle and flaggers controlling traffic. The project is widening the roadway from two to four lanes with a flush median, curb and gutter, and storm drain.

FM 1256 Widening Project

Limits: From FM 316 eastward to SH 19
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
Cost: $5.8 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor will continue roadway rehabilitation and widening work. Cross-structure and driveway activities are ongoing throughout the project limits. Expect delays with a pilot vehicle and flaggers controlling traffic.

FM 1652 Rehab Project

Limits: FM 17 south of Grand Saline, southward to FM 1255 northwest of Oakland
Contractor: Highway 19 Construction, LLC
Cost: $4.48 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor is performing roadway rehabilitation and widening on a two-mile section on the south end of the roadway. Driveway and cross structure work is ongoing on this rehab project that is widening the existing roadway and includes structure work. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

FM 1653 Rehab Project

Limits: SH 64 near Ben Wheeler, southwest to FM 858 at Martin Mills
Contractor: Drewery Construction Company, Inc., of Nacogdoches
Cost: $3.97 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor is performing roadway rehab and widening operations on this project. Work continues on cross structures. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control.

FM 1861 Rehab Project

Limits: From SH 19 to FM 2339
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, of Buffalo, TX
Cost: $2.44 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor will continue rehabilitating and widening the existing roadway. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control.

County Road 1825 Bridge Replacement Project

Limits: CR 1825 at UPRR .01 miles S of US 80 to SW of Grand Saline
Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.
Cost: $1.5 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
Work continues to install the retaining wall on this project to replace the railroad overpass and approaches. Bridge deck work is underway. There is minimal impact on traffic. The roadway is closed at this location.

Wood County

Crews will conduct overlay operations on FM 1254. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Wood County construction projects updates:

SH 182, etc., Safety Treating Project

Limits: Various Roads – Current work on FM 2869 from FM 2088 south 8.12 miles to FM 49
Contractor: Highway 19 Construction, LLC.
Cost: $1.2 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018 for FM 2869; Late Summer 2018 for all work
The contractor is conducting structure and driveway work on SH 182. Expect single lane closures and minor delays with flaggers providing traffic control. Work also continues on the cross structures on FM 49 with lane closures and minor delays possible.

I-20 Total Maintenance Contract

Limits: Gregg, Smith and Van Zandt counties
Contractor: Firemen Excavation

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
Guardrail Repairs: Tuesday and Wednesday through all three counties
Sign Maintenance: Wednesday and Thursday in all three counties