Friday, August 15, 2014

PR - Nacogdoches makes Texas Highways Magazine's Reader's Choice Top 40 Texas Destination

  Hello

 

Attached and below is this month’s Texas Highways Readers’ Choice Top 40 Texas destinations. I’m happy to share with you that Nacogdoches has made the list. We appreciate your sharing this news with your communities. Let me know if you have questions.

 

Thanks!

 

                                    Aug. 15, 2014

 

TEXAS HIGHWAYS REVEALS MORE READERS’ CHOICE TOP 40 TEXAS DESTINATIONS

Throughout 2014, official travel magazine of Texas shares readers’ favorite places to visit

 

AUSTIN — In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Texas Highways magazine announced another round of the Texas Top 40 favorite destinations as chosen by its readers.

 

The announcement places New Braunfels at No. 9, Nacogdoches at No. 8, and Fredericksburg at No. 7.

 

The September “People, Places and Wide Open Spaces” issue contains the annual “Extraordinary Texans” feature. This year, the magazine profiles nine outstanding individuals, including an astronaut, an artist and an actor who help make Texas special.

 

Also in this issue, the magazine’s writers travel all over the state to feature a restaurant, an inn, a state park, a palace, a museum and more.

 

Texas Highways is known for its dazzling photography and the September issue is no exception. Offering a 16-page section featuring amazing images from across the state, the issue marks the debut of new photography editor Brandon Jacobeit.

 

Other September issue highlights include: the Fort Worth Water Gardens; Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens; olive growing in south Texas; Concordia Cemetery outside El Paso, where 48 buffalo soldiers and John Wesley Hardin are buried; kayaking on the Colorado River; and the Medina Lake Cajun Festival.

 

Subscribers began receiving the September issue on Aug. 7, the digital edition was released on Aug. 11 and the hard-copy issue is on sale today at hundreds of newsstands statewide, including H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Randall’s and Barnes & Noble.

           

About Texas Highways magazine

Founded as a travel magazine in 1974, Texas Highways is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. Today, Texas Highways has nearly 400,000 monthly readers across the United States and around the world.

 

Texas Highways’ mission is to encourage travel to and within the state. According to estimates from the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism division, travelers to and within Texas in 2013 spent more than $67.5 billion, an increase of 3 percent over 2012. This directly supported 601,000 jobs and generated $4.7 billion in state and local taxes.

 

To learn more about Texas Highways, visit www.texashighways.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/texashighways and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/texashighways.

 

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or

(512) 463-8700.

 

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TxDOT: Project Updates for the Week of August 18, 2014

News
Texas Department of Transportation
Tyler District
For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 2014

 

UNDATED - Here's a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Week of August 18, 2014:

 

TxDOT plans work in Anderson County 

ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews are scheduled to conduct work on the shoulders of SH 294 between Slocum and the End of State Maintenance next week. The same type of work is planned on US 287 N from FM 321 to just north of FM 860 between Tennessee Colony and Bethel, Texas. On Tuesday, Palestine crews are scheduled to sweep the Trinity River and Trinity River Slough bridges on US 79 between the Anderson and Freestone county lines. Expect lane closures at all locations with traffic control provided by flaggers or other devices such as arrow boards and signs. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

 

TxDOT plans work in Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews are planning to work on an overlay and widening project on FM 747 N in the Jacksonville area next week. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures during this operation and are reminded to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

 

TxDOT plans work in Gregg County
GREGG COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews this week are scheduled to conduct routine maintenance to include cleaning ditches and replacing culverts on FM 2906 in Easton. The roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers so slow down and be prepared to stop when directed to do so.

 

TxDOT plans construction work in Gregg County

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractor, Longview Bridge and Road, is placing concrete paving on the Loop 281 Railroad Overpass project from SH 31 to a mile south of SH 31 in Longview. Motorists can expect delays, particularly in the mornings, due to southbound lane closures while this work is performed. It is expected to be completed by Tuesday, weather permitting.

 

TxDOT plans construction work in Rusk County

RUSK COUNTY, Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews this week will be performing edge work on FM 840 from FM 840 to FM 2867 in Henderson. Daytime lane closures are likely during this work.

 

TxDOT plans work in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY, Texas  – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Smith County will be doing edge work on FM 14 north of I-20  this week. A second crew is scheduled to make pavement repairs on FM 2767 at the junction of FM 757. Ditch work will also be conducted on various other roads in the area. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress. Motorists should be prepared to reduce speeds and merge in and around work zones.

 

TxDOT plans construction work in Wood County
WOOD COUNTY, Texas – The contractor for the US 69 widening project in Mineola is expected to apply a special surface this week. Maintenance will also be conducted on various slopes and ditches on US 69 and SH 154. Day time lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

  

TxDOT plans work in Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas  – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews expect to finish the overlay project on FM 17 between SH 110 and I-20 near Grand Saline next week. Canton Maintenance will continue work on the Nova Chip project on SH 19 between I-20 and SH 64 and continuing west on SH 64. Crews will also be conducting other maintenance work at locations around Van Zandt County. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress. Flaggers will conduct traffic control.  

 

Construction work planned for Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas - The Mineola Area Office says work continues on the bridge replacement project on county roads 2045 and 2504 in Van Zandt County this week. The contractor will continue laying hot mix on CR 2045 and replacing guardrail on the roadways. The contract also requires closing CR 2504 to conduct necessary work.

Elsewhere, crews will be continuing culvert work on FM 317 as part of the FM 198 Project. Final work will also be performed to close out Districtwide Seal Coat operations. Motorists can expect minor delays due to lane closures and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible.

 

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EXPIRES: Friday, August 21, 2014

KEYWORDS: ih 20, us 69, us 80, us 287, sh 19, sh 42, sh 64, sh 154, sh 294, fm 198, fm 17, fm 317, fm 349, fm 757, fm 1615, fm 1844, fm2087, fm 2275, lp 281, cr 2405, cr 2504, anderson county, cherokee county, gregg county, henderson county, rusk county, smith county, van zandt county, wood county

 

Kathi White
Public Information Officer (Interim)
Texas Department of Transportation
Lufkin District
(936) 633-4395 (Office)
(936) 465-6736 (Cell)
Kathi.White@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

Local Quick Links

Tyler District Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/#!/TYLPIO
Tyler District Blog: http://tylerdistrict.blogspot.com

Statewide Quick Links
TxDOT on Twitter: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/twitter.html
TxDOT on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TxDOT
TxDOT website: www.txdot.gov
Traffic Counts: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/transportation-planning/maps/traffic.html
Crash Data request form: http://www.txdot.gov/apps-cg/crash_records/form.htm
Open Records request: http://www.txdot.gov/contact-us/form.html?id=openrecords

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

RE: Semi carrying equipment hits I-20 bridge (UPDATE)

Just following up to let you know that the bridge has been inspected and while it did sustain minor damage, no repairs are required at this time. The roadway is open to traffic.

 

Thanks

 

From: Kathi White
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:22 PM
Cc: Kathi White
Subject: Semi carrying equipment hits I-20 bridge

 

Hello,

 

This email is being sent in response to media inquiries regarding an I-20 bridge being struck by a piece of heavy equipment.

 

Southbound US 69 traffic was temporarily halted during the lunch hour today when a large crane being hauled on an 18-wheeler hit the westbound I-20 steel bridge over US 69 near Lindale. The crane, which belongs to a TxDOT contractor, was quickly removed and traffic returned to normal flow. The bridge sustained only minimal visible damage but a TxDOT engineer has been dispatched to the scene for a more thorough inspection. At this time, the structure is deemed safe and remains open to traffic. Any additional action will be determined once the inspection is completed.  

 

Thanks and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions.

 

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