Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

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Friday, June 27, 2014

TxDOT: Project Updates for the Week of June 30, 2014

News

Texas Department of Transportation

Tyler District

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

 

TxDOT: Project Updates

UNDATED - Here's a quick look at events and work planned in the Tyler District:

 

TxDOT office closed Friday for holiday

All Texas Department of Transportation offices will be closed Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All offices will reopen for regular business on Monday, July 7.

 

TxDOT plans seal coat work in Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Weather permitting, Texas Department of Transportation contract crews  are scheduled to continue seal coat operations this week on the following roadways:

·         FM 47 between US 80 and I-20; and

·         US 80 between the Kaufman County Line and FM 2965 in Wills Point.

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 on Monday and Tuesday this week are scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs on SH 19 in Canton between I-20 and SH 64.

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 seal coat work in Wood County

WOOD COUNTY – Weather permitting, Texas Department of Transportation contract crews 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.

A second crew is scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs on US 80 east of Mineola near FM 3056.

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 Smith County

SMITH COUNTY – Beginning Sunday night, Texas Department of Transportation contract construction crews are scheduled to begin several weeks of repair and resurfacing work on US 69 (Broadway Avenue) in Tyler between Fourth Street (SH 64) and South Loop 323.

The work will largely be done during off-peak hours between 7 p.m.-5 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays until the project is complete.

Also this week, TxDOT maintenance crews on Monday are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on the eastbound Interstate 20 off-ramp for Toll 49, then move on Tuesday to make similar repairs on FM 15 near the intersection of SH 135 in Troup.

A second crew is scheduled to perform 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 Gregg County

GREGG COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on FM 1844 between SH 300 and Spur 502 north of Longview.

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.

Looking ahead to the week of July 7, TxDOT maintenance crews are scheduled to begin approximately three 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.

 

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 continues work on US 84 in Rusk

RUSK – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin base and pavement-repair work on the four-lane section of US 84, between US 69 and SH 110.

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 seal coat work in Anderson County

ANDERSON COUNTY Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform seal coat operations on FM 321 between SH 155 and FM 2574 in Neches, followed by the same work on FM 860 just east of the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area between FM 837 and US 287.

Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Loose rock may be present for several days following a seal coat application.

 

TxDOT plans work East Loop 7 in Athens

HENDERSON COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on East Loop 7 in Athens between US 175 and SH 31.

Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

 

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EXPIRES: Friday, July 11, 2014

KEYWORDS: holiday, us 80, fm 47, fm 17, fm 514, us 69, ih 20, toll 49, fm 15, fm 346, fm 1844, us 259, us 84, fm 321, fm 860, sl 7, 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

 

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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