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TxDOT Tyler Update for Week of July 19

Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of July 16, 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.

Motorists should prepare for lane closures on I-20 throughout the week as the contractor for the Toll 49 Lindale Relief Route project paints the bridge railing and beams for the mainlane and northbound bridges. The closures will be implemented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday moving from I-20 westbound to I-20 eastbound. Additionally, shoulder closures are set for US 69 at the Toll 49 intersection for work on large signs. Work will be performed Monday and Tuesday starting with the northbound shoulder.

Summer seal coat operations continue in the Tyler District. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during this work to seal and protect roadways from water, and provide a longer life cycle. Because the time to complete work on each roadway is estimated, these schedules are subject to change.

Upcoming work is as follows in Gregg, Henderson and Smith counties:

Tue., July 17: FM 16 from SH 110 at Garden Valley, east to two miles west of FM 849/CR 476
Wed ., July 18: SH 64 from Toll 49 in Smith County to FM 314 in Van Zandt County
Thurs., July 19: FM 2010 in Henderson County from FM 315 to the Van Zandt County line
Fri., July 20: FM 607 from SH 31 to FM 317 in Henderson County
Sat., July 21: FM 317 from SH 31 in Athens east to one mile west of FM 1803/Muscadine Bridge

Anderson County

Crews plan to perform edge work on SH 294 between Elkhart and FM 228. Base repairs will be conducted on FM 1817 from FM 2022 to FM 323, and on FM 323 between FM 1817 and SH 294. Expect lane closures with flaggers managing traffic control.

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TxDOT Tyler District Update for the Week of July 9

Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of July 9, 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.

Motorists should prepare for a slow-down on I-20 next week when the eastbound inside lane will be closed for approximately three days near the Van Zandt/Kaufman County line for work on an ongoing safety project. The lane closure is set for 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday thru Wednesday. Get more project information in the Van Zandt County section of this release.

In Tyler, daily lane closures are again being implemented on the Spur 248 widening project. The contractor will be conducting seal coat and paving operations which will cause brief delays for traffic. Additional project information is available in the Smith County section of this release.

Summer seal coat operations continue in the Tyler District. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during this work to seal and protect roadways from water, and provide a longer life cycle. Because the time to complete work on each roadway is estimated, these schedules are subject to change.

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TxDOT Tyler District Update for Week of July 2

Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of July 2, 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.

All TxDOT offices will be closed, Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. The agency resumes normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Thursday, July 5.

No lane closures will be conducted on I-20 for the entire week to allow for heavy holiday traffic. Additionally, lane closures on other major corridors will be minimized.

Summer seal coat operations continue in the Tyler District. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during this work to seal and protect roadways from water, and provide a longer life cycle. Because the time to complete work on each roadway is estimated, these schedules are subject to change.

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Top 5 things to do if you have storm damage

If you have received damage to your home or commercial building after a hail storm or wind damage, how do you protect yourself from being financially taken advantage of or scams?

You hear stories every day of innocent victims that give money to a contractor only to never hear from the contractor again.

Attorney Jeff Weinstein says, “Don’t hire the first person that knocks on your door to help. Most reputable contractors and roofers don’t do door-to-door knocking. They get their business like we do, from referrals of past happy customers.”

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TxDOT Tyler District Update for Week of June 25

Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of June 25, 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.

Districtwide seal coat operations are ongoing in the Tyler District. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during this work to seal and protect roadways from water, and provide a longer life cycle. Because the time to complete work on each roadway is estimated, these schedules are subject to change.

The schedule for the next week with work continuing in Gregg County:

– Today – Sunday: SH 31 from south of I-20 to South Street

– Monday – Thursday: US 259 from I-20 to Loop 281

– Friday: FM 2208 from US 80 to the Harrison County line

– Saturday, Sunday: SH 42 from US 80 going south to Sinclair Road

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Gov. Greg Abbott readies Texas for storm season

How serious is hurricane season in Texas? Well, Gov. Greg Abbott took part in a teleconference with President Trump this month on the subject.

Hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

On June 6, Gov. Abbott joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Cabinet members and Governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness.

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Drunk driving victims caution others against drinking and driving

Deputy Renae Brown thinks of 9-year-old Jade Stephens every day. She didn’t know Jade, but she feels like she does: a funny and animated young girl who once performed stand-up comedy alongside her dad and received a standing ovation. Deputy Brown met Jade on the day she died when a drunk driver T-boned her family’s car nearly four years ago on her way home.

“I drive by the intersection of the crash on my way to work every day and I think of Jade and her family,” said Deputy Brown, who was off-duty at the time, but one of the first on the scene of the crash. “People often don’t realize that a drunk-driving crash has a ripple effect. While it obviously leaves the immediate family devastated, a whole community is changed. First responders, friends, teachers — they all remember the crash and feel that loss.”

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TxDOT Tyler Update for the Week of June 18

Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of June 18, 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 new nighttime overlay project gets underway Sunday evening on SH 300/Gilmer Road in Longview. Work will be conducted from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights until the project is completed at summer’s end. The project, which runs from US 80 to FM 2275/George Richey Road, does include nightly lane closures. Additional project information is available in the Gregg County section of this release.

Districtwide seal coat operations are ongoing in the Tyler District. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during this work to seal and protect roadways from water, and provide a longer life cycle. Because the time to complete work on each roadway is estimated, these schedules are subject to change.

The schedule for the next week is as follows in Gregg County:

  • Monday, Tuesday – SH 135 from just south of I-20 going south for 2.5 miles
  • Wednesday – FM 1252 from SH 31 to FM 135
  • Thursday, Friday – SH 42 from US 80 going south to Sinclair Road
  • Saturday – SH 31 from US 259 in Kilgore to South Street in Longview

Anderson County

Crews will be conducting base repair work on SH 155 southbound between FM 2267 and FM 321. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.

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New BBB report says lottery, sweepstakes scams target seniors

A new Better Business Bureau report says that sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes bilked at least $117 million from people in 2017.

The report — “Sweepstakes, Lottery, and Prize Scams: A Better Business Bureau Study of How “Winners” Lose Millions Through an Evolving Fraud” — was released earlier this month.

The report found that seniors are the most frequent targets and suffer the largest losses by far in these scams. They are targeted through direct mail, cold calling, social media, text messages and smartphone pop-ups.

After learning of the report, attorney Jeff Weinstein renewed his vow to help people avoid being victims of these scams.

“Please run these opportunities by me before you send the money,” Weinstein said. “It’s almost impossible to ever get any of this money back. Once you send it, it’s gone. We don’t charge anything for a call to find out whether these requests are legitimate or not.”

Call Weinstein Law at 903-677-5333.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, these scams involve getting a notification you’ve won some prize.

“But here’s what happens next: they tell you there’s a fee, some taxes, or customs duties to pay. They ask for your bank account information, or ask you to send money via a wire transfer or to purchase gift cards and provide the card numbers.”

“Any way you send it, you lose money instead of winning it. You don’t get a big prize. Instead, you get more requests for money, and more promises that you won big. Scammers can be very convincing, and who wouldn’t want to win big!”

Key findings in the report include:

  • The majority of lottery or sweepstakes scam victims are between 65 and 74 years old. Among that age group, people who recently experienced a serious negative life event, and who expect their income in the near future to remain steady or decline, are even more likely to be victimized.
    Sweepstakes/lottery fraud can strike through many channels – phone calls, text messages, pop-ups on a smartphone’s Internet browser, social media, and mailings.
    In 2017, 2,820 individuals reported sweepstakes and lottery scams to BBB Scam Tracker. These reports show a median loss of $500, with wire transfer as the most common method of payment.

The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips for consumers to avoid lottery or sweepstakes fraud:

  • True lotteries or sweepstakes don’t ask for money before you claim a prize. If they want money for taxes, themselves, or a third party, they are most likely crooks.
  • Call the lottery or sweepstakes company directly to see if you won. Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does have a sweepstakes but does not call people in advance to tell them they’ve won. Report PCH imposters to their hotline at 800-392-4190.
  • Check to see if you won a lottery. Call the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries at 440-361-7962 or your local state lottery agency.
  • Do an internet search of the company, name, or phone number of the person who contacted you.
    Law enforcement does not call to award prizes.
  • Talk to a trusted family member or your bank. They may be able to help you stay in control of your money in the face of fraudster pressure.

TxDOT Tyler District Update for the Week of June 11

Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of June 11, 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.

Districtwide seal coat operations are ongoing in the Tyler District. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during this work to seal and protect roadways from water, and provide a longer life cycle. Because the time to complete work on each roadway is estimated, these schedules are subject to change.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

– FM 838 from SH 135 eastward to just past the Rusk County line – Today

– FM 918 in Rusk County from SH 42 at Sexton City east to US 259 at Pitner Junction – Today

– FM 850 in Rusk County from SH 322 to US 259 – Saturday

– SH 322 in Rusk County from the Gregg County line moving south for about a half mile – Monday

– FM 1249 in Rusk County from SH 322 to the Smith County line – Monday

– Road segment to include SH 42, Business 259 and SH 31 through Kilgore – Tuesday through Thursday

– FM 1252 in Gregg County from SH 135 to SH 42 – Friday

– SH 135 in Gregg County from I-20 to SH 31 – Friday and Saturday

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