This is the Henderson County Road Buzz for the week starting Monday, Aug. 13. The Road Buzz is an update of this week’s TxDOT projects in the county and is a service of Weinstein Law.

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Now this week’s update

— TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance and Special Jobs crews continue seal coat operations on BU 31E from Loop 7 to Carroll Street in Downtown Athens. Delays can be expected during this work. Use alternate routes when possible. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at intersections.

We reached out to TxDOT last week and learned Maintenance crews will be sealing the road with asphalt and rock. This layer helps seal out the moisture from future rains and preserve the roadway. The work is being conducted in advance of a $1.2 million construction project set to begin in late September or early October.

The project was awarded to Longview Bridge and Road in July and will place the final surface which will be a Porous Friction Course that allows water to pass through the final layer and drain off the road once it hits the seal coat layer. The project also includes various safety improvements such as traffic rail and metal beam guard fence.

— The contractor is working to replace the broken yellow striping and complete the final punch list on the Gun Barrel City area striping project. That project runs from Highway 334 from the Cedar Creek Reservoir Bridge to east of Highway 198 and Highway 198 from the Kaufman County line to south of the Cedar Creek Reservoir Bridge. Additional work includes the application of the final thermos striping and installing the centerline buttons as the project moves toward completion.

— On the Highway 19 widening project, the contractor is placing flex-base on the northbound shoulder and preparing to cement treat the flex-base. 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 lanes.

— The contractor has implemented a new traffic pattern that separates westbound and eastbound traffic for the US 175 widening project between Baxter and Larue. Motorists should observe advance warning signs and message boards directing traffic to the proper lanes. Hot mix paving and seal coat operations continue on the westbound lanes from Baxter to one mile east of Larue. Watch for trucks entering and exiting the work zone. Expect brief delays in construction areas around county roads 4710, 4712, 4713, 4719, and 4720 as well as Loop 60. 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. The project is expected to be completed in September.