Friday, October 31, 2014

TxDOT - Tyler District Project Updates for the Week of November 3, 2014

Hello,

 

Attached and below is the Tyler District Projects Update for the Week of November 3, 2014. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Thanks

 

News
Texas Department of Transportation
Tyler District
For immediate release: Friday, October 31, 2014

 

UNDATED - Here's a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Week of November 3, 2014:

 

TxDOT plans work in Anderson County

ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Palestine will be conducting routine work on various roadways throughout Anderson County this week. On Tuesday, November 4, crews will be doing level up work that includes lanes closures on U.S. 287 north of the Cayuga City Limits to the Trinity River Bridge. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in the work zone which will be controlled by flaggers.

 

TxDOT plans work in Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Jacksonville and Rusk will be performing level up work and base repairs on FM 13 between Troup and Price. The work is expected to take a couple of weeks to complete. Be on the lookout for flaggers providing traffic control to help motorists navigate through the work zone.

 

TxDOT plans work in Gregg County
GREGG COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Longview will continue working on the FM 2204 mill and inlay project. The work requires reducing the roadway to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control so remember to slow down and pay attention when traveling through the area.

 

TxDOT contractors also continue to work on several construction projects in Gregg County. Here’s the latest:

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segments II & III)

·         Limits: McCann Road to U.S. 259

·         Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.

The clearing between Judson Road and Airline Road continues. Excavation, embankment, bridge construction and storm drain work are ongoing between McCann Road and Judson Road. This is new location construction work and is not expected to impact traffic.

 

FM 2208 (Alpine Road) at Smelley Road

·         Limits: From North Loop 281 to FM 2879

·         Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

Intersection improvements began in September and are progressing as scheduled. The traveling public should expect delays as this widening project continues with the contractors adding striping and installing traffic signals. The job includes installing a turn lane and upgrading the flashing yellow lights to a full traffic signal. TxDOT encourages motorists to use alternate routes when possible.

 

Loop 281 at FM 2087 Overpass

·         Limits: SH 31 to approximately one mile south of SH 31

·         Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

This project is in Phase III of construction with traffic moved off the existing Loop onto the detours. The contractor is constructing a temporary retaining wall, the bridge headers and storm drain. Traffic can expect some delays during the peak evening hours. Caution advised during travel through this work zone.

 

SH 42

·         Limits: From SH 31 north to I-20

·         Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, Ltd.

Current work includes constructing curb and gutter and forming and pouring concrete driveways. Drivers can expect minimal impacts at this time. The project includes constructing a turn lane at Hillcrest Road, and guardrail work. As the project continues motorists can expect to see nighttime operations being implemented. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.

 

Spinks-Chapman County Road

·         Limits: At the Rabbit Creek Bridge just east of Meadows Lane

·         Contractor: Massana Construction, Inc.

Construction of the bridge continues on Spinks Chapman Road southwest of the I-20 and SH 31 interchange near Kilgore. Spinks-Chapman Road is closed to through traffic between Meadows Lane and Norris Road while the bridge is under construction. Work this week includes constructing the roadway leading up to the bridge. Motorists must use alternative routes to reach their destinations.

 

I-20 Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)

·         Locations:

·         East of FM 1255 westbound - Van Zandt County

·         West of FM 849 eastbound - Smith County

·         Derrick Park westbound - Smith County

·         Contractor: Highway Intelligent Traffic Solutions Corp.

The contractor is installing these DMS’s at the aforementioned locations. This work will have minimal impact on the traveling public.

 

TxDOT plans work in Henderson County

HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews in Athens will continue overlaying FM 1667. The work includes using heavy equipment. Slow down, use caution and expect lane closures with flaggers handling traffic control when traveling through the work zone.

 

Meanwhile, work also continues to widen FM 317 from FM 607 to FM 314. Lane closures can be expected.

 

TxDOT plans work in Rusk County

RUSK COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews in Henderson will be doing tree and brush control and ditch maintenance on FM 1716 from the intersection of SH 43 to the intersection of FM 2011. The work requires reducing the roadway to one lane with traffic controlled by a flaggers and a pilot car. Elsewhere around the county, crews will be conducting moving operations for patching and removing debris. Use caution when approaching the moving operations and when driving through the work zones.

 

SH 64

·         Limits: 0.173 miles west of BU 64E (N. Marshall St.) east to 0.2 miles west of U.S. 79 (The Traffic Star)

·         Contractor: Lonestar Equipment Company, Inc.

The $2.1 million construction project on SH 64 in Henderson got under way in August 2013 and continues to experience some delays due to utility adjustments and other unforeseen issues, but is expected to be completed in summer 2015. The project consists of widening the existing two-lane roadway and constructing a four-lane facility along with a continuous Left Turn Lane. The contractor, L.S. Equipment Co., of Henderson, will perform the majority of the work outside the existing travel lanes, thereby lessening the impact on traffic.

 

TxDOT plans work in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler will be placing an overlay surface on FM 757 between SH 31 and FM 2767 this week. Be alert for lane closures and flaggers during this work. 

 

TxDOT contractors also continue to work on several construction projects in Smith County. Here’s the latest:

Off-System Bridge Replacement Projects

·         Locations:

·         County Road (CR) 448

·         County Road (CR) 46

·         Contractor: $490,000

Barricades will be set on November 10th for the CR 448 project which carries traffic to the popular Sky Ranch. Motorists should look for message boards put in place with closure and detour information. The work is expected to take a couple of months to complete. CR 46 will then be shut down for its bridge replacement, which is also expected to take about two months to complete.

 

Loop 323

·         Limits: Tyler’s West Loop and SH 31

·         Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

This widening and railroad bridge replacement project continues with the contractor constructing the shoofly bridge. Motorists should expect intermittent delays during this work. In addition, the speed limit will soon be reduced to 45 mph from the SH 64 to Shaw Street on Loop 323.

 

SH 64

·         Limits: from Chapel Hill to Arp

·         Contractor: Drewery Construction

This Super 2 widening project continues and consists of clearing and grading. The dirt work is currently being performed from CR 299 to just west of Arp where the work zone speed limit is set at 60 mph. This is a daily speed zone reduction and will only be posted when workers are present. Motorists should use caution through this area and look for flaggers being used to control lane closures.

 

TxDOT plans work in Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews in Canton continue to conduct level up operations followed by placing an overlay on FM 1805 from SH 110 for three and a half miles eastward. Use caution as daytime lane closures will be in effect.

 

TxDOT contractors also continue to work on several construction projects in Van Zandt County. Here’s the latest:

·         The CR 2504 Bridge Replacement Project at Dry Lacy Fork is winding down with the roadway opening to traffic this week. The contractor will be doing general cleanup at this location.

·         The existing structure on CR 2702 at Lacy Fork Tributary is being removed. The roadway is closed to traffic.

·         On SH 198, work to extend various structures continues from SH 243 southwest to 0.4 miles northeast of FM 316 near Phalba. Expect lane closures.

·         On FM 314 from I-20 to the Van Zandt/Henderson County Line, the project contractor will be setting barricades and starting culvert work this week.

 

TxDOT plans construction work in Wood County
WOOD COUNTY, Texas – The contractor for the U.S. 69 widening project in Mineola continues to install centerline texturing and permanent striping on the roadway from SL 564 in Mineola to FM 779 in Golden. Expect lane closures during your travels through this work zone. Elsewhere, the contractor on the SH 154 project from Lake Fork to Quitman will be seeding and doing general cleanup. Motorists should expect lane closures.

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EXPIRES: Friday, November 7, 2014

KEYWORDS: I 20, us 69, us 79, us 259, us 287, sh 31, sh 42, sh 43, sh 64, sh 110, sh 154, sh 198, sh 243, fm 13, fm 314, fm 316, fm 317, fm 607, fm 757, fm 779, fm 1667, fm 1716, fm 1805, fm 2011, fm 2087, fm 2204, fm 2208, fm 2275, fm 2767, fm 2879, lp 281, lp 323, sl 564, cr 46, cr 299, cr 448, cr 2504, cr 2702, 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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Monday, October 27, 2014

PR - San Antonio tops Texas Highways Readers' Choice Destination List

In case you missed it during its release last week, please see the attached (and below) news release regarding San Antonio claiming the Texas Highways Readers’ Choice for Top 40 Texas Destinations. Thanks!

 

     Oct. 21, 2014

 

SAN ANTONIO CLAIMS TOP SPOT ON TEXAS HIGHWAYS READERS’ CHOICE TOP 40 TEXAS DESTINATIONS

Throughout 2014, official travel magazine of Texas shares readers’ favorite places to visit (Video and photo available for download)

 

SAN ANTONIO — In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Texas Highways magazine today announced San Antonio as No. 1 in the countdown of Texas Top 40 favorite destinations as chosen by readers. The announcement was made at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III briefly addressed the audience of more than 700 hospitality tourism partners and community business leaders prior to the presentation ceremony.

 

“San Antonio is not only a favorite Texas destination, but also a city that garners worldwide recognition,” Commissioner Austin III said. “We are blessed to have so many culturally rich and diverse destinations across the great state of Texas, and San Antonio certainly qualifies as one of our shining stars. I thank Texas Highways readers for their participation and extend my sincerest congratulations to the people and city of San Antonio.”

 

Casandra Matej, CEO of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, accepted the No. 1 designation from Texas Highways editor Jill Lawless during the organization’s annual meeting. The magazine also shared a special video featuring San Antonio.

 

“We are thrilled that the readers of Texas Highways have chosen San Antonio as Texas’ No. 1 destination,” Matej said. “One of the reasons we are a favorite for so many travelers is that there is always something new to experience in San Antonio. Our Spanish colonial missions, eclectic neighborhoods, theme parks and rich cultural experiences evoke a distinct sense of place. This is a big part of why we welcome more than 31 million visitors every year, and 70 percent of them are from within Texas.”

 

Magazine readers noted San Antonio’s many world-class attractions, including Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Phillips Entertainment, the Alamo and the San Antonio Missions Trail as cherished experiences. Voters also mentioned the importance of great restaurants like Boudro’s, La Gloria and Mi Tierra CafĂ© and Bakery. Events such as Fiesta San Antonio and the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, as well as shopping at La Villita Historic Arts Village on the famed River Walk also helped garner votes.

 

Starting with its January issue and continuing with each monthly issue of 2014, Texas Highways magazine revealed groups of the state’s Top 40 destinations as ranked by readers. The San Antonio article will appear in the December issue of Texas Highways, which will mail to subscribers in early November. The issue will be available on newsstands in mid-November.

       

About Texas Highways magazine

Founded as a travel magazine in 1974, Texas Highways is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. Today, Texas Highways has 200,000 subscribers and 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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Friday, October 24, 2014

TxDOT - Tyler District Project Updates for the Week of October 27, 2014

Hi There,

 

Below and attached is the Tyler District’s Projects Update for work scheduled for next week.  Please be advised that this schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions or other unexpected circumstances.

 

Thanks!

 

News
Texas Department of Transportation
Tyler District
For immediate release: Friday, October 24, 2014

 

UNDATED - Here's a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Week of October 27, 2014:

 

 

TxDOT plans work in Anderson County

ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Palestine will be conducting routine work on various roadways throughout Anderson County this week. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in the work zones.

 

TxDOT plans work in Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Jacksonville and Rusk are finishing up the overlay on FM 747 N from three miles north of U.S. 79 to the End of Maintenance Sign. Watch for flaggers and signage to help navigate through the work zone which will be reduced to one lane. The work is expected to be completed this week, weather permitting.

 

TxDOT plans work in Gregg County
GREGG COUNTY, Texas – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has several ongoing construction projects in Gregg County. Here’s an updated overview:

 

FM 2275 George Richey Extension (Segments II & III)

·         Limits: McCann Road to U.S. 259

·         Contractor: East Texas Bridge, Inc.

The clearing between Judson Road and Airline Road continues. Excavation, embankment, bridge construction and storm drain work are ongoing between McCann Road and Judson Road. This is new location construction work and is not expected to impact traffic.

 

FM 2208 (Alpine Road) at Smelley Road

·         Limits: From North Loop 281 to FM 2879

·         Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

Intersection improvements began last month and are progressing on schedule. The traveling public should expect delays during this project to widen the roadway. A hot mix surface is expected to be applied within the next week or so. The job includes installing a turn lane and upgrading the flashing yellow lights to a full traffic signal. TxDOT encourages motorists to use alternate routes when possible.

 

Loop 281 at FM 2087 Overpass

·         Limits: SH 31 to approximately 1 mile south of SH 31

·         Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.

This project is in Phase III of construction with traffic moved off the existing Loop onto the detours. The contractor is constructing a temporary retaining wall, the bridge headers and storm drain. Traffic can expect some delays during the peak evening hours. Caution advised during travel through this work zone.

 

SH 42

·         Limits: From SH 31 north to I-20

·         Contractor: Reynolds & Kay, Ltd.

Current work includes constructing curb and gutter and forming and pouring concrete driveways. Drivers can expect minimal impacts at this time. The project includes constructing a turn lane at Hillcrest Road, and guardrail work. As the project continues motorists can expect to see nighttime operations being implemented. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.

 

Spinks-Chapman County Road

·         Limits: At the Rabbit Creek Bridge just east of Meadows Lane

·         Contractor: Massana Construction, Inc.

Construction of the bridge continues on Spinks Chapman Road southwest of the I-20 and SH 31 interchange near Kilgore. Spinks-Chapman Road is closed to through traffic between Meadows Lane and Norris Road while the bridge is under construction. Work this week includes constructing the roadway leading up to the bridge. Motorists must use alternative routes to reach their destinations.

 

TxDOT plans work in Henderson County

HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews in Athens will continue overlaying FM 1667. The work includes using heavy equipment. Slow down, use caution and expect lane closures with flaggers handling traffic control when traveling through the work zone.

 

Meanwhile, work also continues to widen FM 317 from FM 607 to FM 314. Lane closures can be expected.

 

TxDOT plans construction work in Rusk County

RUSK COUNTY, Texas – The SH 64 construction project in Henderson continues with no impacts on traffic. The project, which runs from 0.173 miles west of Business 64E (N. Marshall St.) east to 0.2 miles west of U.S. 79 (The Traffic Star), consists of widening the existing two-lane roadway and constructing a four-lane facility along with a continuous Left Turn Lane. The contractor, L.S. Equipment Co., of Henderson, will perform the majority of the work outside the existing travel lanes, thereby lessening the impact on traffic. As work progresses motorists may experience delays due to periodic daytime lane closures. The $2.1 million project got under way in August 2013 and has had some delays due to utility adjustments and other unforeseen issues, but is expected to be completed in summer 2015.

 

TxDOT plans work in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler this week will be placing an overlay surface on FM 2813 between U.S. 69 and FM 2493. Be alert for lane closures and flaggers during this work. 

 

TxDOT plans work in Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews in Canton will conduct level up operations on FM 1805 from SH 110 for three and a half miles eastward. Use caution as daytime lane closures will be in effect.

 

Elsewhere, work is winding down on the CR 2504 Bridge Replacement Project at Dry Lacy Fork. Construction is expected to be completed by week’s end. The roadway remains closed to traffic. Meanwhile, on SH 198, work to extend various structures continues from SH 243 in Canton to the Kaufman County Line.

 

TxDOT plans construction work in Wood County
WOOD COUNTY, Texas – The contractor for the U.S. 69 widening project in Mineola continues to make base repairs and install centerline texturing on the roadway from SL 564 in Mineola to FM 779 in Golden. Expect lane closures during your travels through this work zone.

 

 

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EXPIRES: Friday, October 31, 2014

KEYWORDS: BU 59, I 20, us 69, us 79, us 84, sh 31, sh 42, sh 64, sh 110, sh 155, sh 198, sh 243, sh 322, fm 14, fm 16, fm 225, fm 314, fm 316, fm 317, fm 607, fm 747, fm 764, fm 779, fm 1253, fm 1667, fm 1798, fm 1805, fm 2087, fm 2204, fm 2275, fm 2276, fm 2329, fm 2493, fm 2813, fm 2879, lp 281, sl 564, 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

 

 

 

Join us Jan. 14, 2015 as we celebrate 10 years of transportation transformation in Texas.

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