Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kathi White contact info

Sorry, I got her number wrong. it's 936-633-4395.

kathi.white@txdot.gov

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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Media,

After nine years of working as the Public Information Officer for TxDOT's Tyler District, I am moving on to new challenges within the department effective today. Specifically, I will be working with our Traffic Safety Division, but still based in Tyler.

Among other things, this new opportunity will also allow me to begin pursuing a master's degree in History, something I've always wanted to do but found my schedule wouldn't permit.

The hiring process to find a permanent replacement for me will begin in the near future, but if you need media relations support, please contact Kathi White, my PIO counterpart in Lufkin and she will assist you.

You can reach Kathi at 903-633-4395 or at Kathi.White@txdot.gov


It has been my deep pleasure to work with you and I wish you the best!


Sincerely,

Larry Krantz




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Thursday, July 3, 2014

TxDOT: Project Updates for the Week of July 7, 2014

News
Texas Department of Transportation
Tyler District
For immediate release: Friday, July 4, 2014

 

Texas Transportation Commission identifies priority projects in Tyler District to reduce congestion, improve mobility

Henderson, Gregg, Smith, Cherokee Counties to receive $90 million total

AUSTIN — In support of efforts to enhance safety and reduce congestion across the Lone Star State, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved $90 million for projects on US 175, SH 31 and US 69 in the Tyler District to be included in the Unified Transportation Program (UTP), a 10-year plan to guide and fund transportation project development in the state. This action is part of an ongoing process and commitment from the Texas Department of Transportation to act upon requests from the legislature, community leaders, public and local transit authorities to identify those projects that will improve mobility across Texas.

"These are much-needed projects that will benefit all East Texans," said Commissioner Jeff Austin III, Texas Transportation Commission. "These upgrades will have a tremendous impact on the region as they improve safety and mobility, while helping spur economic development opportunities. It was a good decision to prioritize these projects and I'm glad they are moving forward."

Approximately $70 million of this funding will go toward the expansion of US 175 between Baxter and Poynor in Henderson County, while an additional $10 million has been approved for adding passing lanes to SH 31 between FM 757 in Smith County and FM 1639 in Kilgore, Gregg County. In addition, another $10 million was allocated for the reconstruction and four-lane widening of US 69 in Wells, Cherokee County.

These projects represent the Commission's priorities for the UTP and will be included in future updates to this plan based on updated financial forecasts. The projects will also be subject to further public involvement.

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.

 
TxDOT: Project Updates
UNDATED - Here's a quick look at events and work planned in the Tyler District:
 
 TxDOT plans seal coat work in Wood County
WOOD COUNTY – Weather permitting, Texas Department of Transportation contract crews on Monday are scheduled to begin seal coat operations this week on the following roadways:
 • FM 17 between SH 154 in Yantis and FM 515;
 • FM 514 between the Rains County Line and FM 17 near Yantis; and
 • US 80 between Loop 564 in Mineola and FM 778 in Crow
TxDOT's seal coat program seals nearly 300 centerline miles of roadway across the eight-county Tyler District each summer, extending the maintenance-free service life of those roadways by as much as 10 years or more. Local TxDOT crews have been preparing sections of these roadways over the past year in preparation for sealing.
Meanwhile, TxDOT maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin pavement repairs on US 69 between the Rains County Line and FM 1799.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic in two-lane areas.
 
TxDOT plans work in Gregg County
GREGG COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews on Tuesday are scheduled to perform one day of work at the inersection of FM 1845 and FM 2275 (George Richey Road), then move to begin several weeks of base and pavement repairs on US 80 between Loop 485 in Gladewater and the Upshur County Line, followed by similar work in US 271 in Gladewater.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic in two-lane areas.
  
TxDOT plans seal coat work in Van Zandt County
VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform seal coat operations on FM 3227 between FM 47 and SH 198 southwest of Canton.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes if possible to avoid long delays associated with seal coat work.
 
TxDOT plans work in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation mainteance crews this week are scheduled to continue shoulder work on FM 346 between US 69 and FM 756.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress. Motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zones.
  
TxDOT plans work in Rusk County
RUSK COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform shoulder and edge on US 259 between FM 1798 and US 84 in Mount Enterprise.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zones.
 
TxDOT plans work on US 69 north of Rusk
CHEROKEE COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin base and pavement-repair work on the north bound lanes of US 69 between Rusk and Jacksonville.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone.
 
TxDOT plans work in Anderson County 
ANDERSON COUNTY -- Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to complete seal coat operations on FM 860 between FM 837 and US 287, then perform shoulder work on SH 294 between FM 323 and the Cherokee County Line.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.
 
TxDOT plans work in, around Athens
ATHENS – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to conclude base and pavement repairs on East Loop 7 in Athens between US 175 and SH 31, then move to perform the same work on SH 19 between North Loop 7 and Downtown Athens.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.
 
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EXPIRES: Friday, July 18, 2014
KEYWORDS: fm 3227, fm 17, fm 514, us 80, fm 346, fm 1845, fm 2275, us 80, us 259, us 69, sl 7, sh 19, anderson county, cherokee county, gregg county, henderson county, rusk county, smith county, van zandt county, wood county
 
Larry Krantz
Public Information Officer
Texas Department of Transportation
Tyler District
(903) 510-9267 (Office)
(903) 539-2752 (blackberry)
Larry.Krantz@TxDOT.gov
 
For travel conditions 24 hours per day, call 1-800-452-9292 or click here: http://www.drivetexas.org
 
For state-level media relations inquiries, call TxDOT Media Relations at (512) 463-8700
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Tyler District Blog: http://tylerdistrict.blogspot.com

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