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.




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.




EXPIRES: Friday, October 31, 2014

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Kathi White
Public Information Officer (Interim)
Texas Department of Transportation
Lufkin District
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

PR - I-20 Virtual Open House Meetings seeking public input on draft plan



Please see the attached news release for details on the I-20 Virtual Open Houses seeking public input on the I-20 East Texas Corridor Draft Implementation Plan.




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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Re: Cattle truck crash closes a lane of 1-20 at Longview (Photos attached)

Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 6:25 PM, Kathi White <> wrote:

> I-20 westbound lanes west of Estes Parkway now open following two crashes that shut down lanes during the last 12 hours. The overturned cattle truck from the first crash that occurred between 6 and 6:30 am shutdown the inside WB lanes for some 12 hours. The second crash involving eight vehicles occurred in late afternoon just a couple of miles from the first scene requiring I-20 traffic to be diverted. Traffic flow should return to normal soon.

> Motorists are reminded to use caution during travel.
> Thanks
> Sent from my iPad
>> On Oct 22, 2014, at 3:27 PM, Kathi White <> wrote:
>> Hello, (Becky please post)
>> Crews continue to work to remove an overturned cattle truck and clear I-20 westbound about three miles west of Estes Parkway in Longview. The roadway remains at one lane with the westbound inside lane closed until further notice.
>> Meanwhile, this afternoon another crash near the same area of I-20 involving eight vehicles has added to traffic bring back up. This one occurred about a mile west of Estes Parkway. No word on injuries. I-20 westbound traffic is being diverted onto Estes Parkway to Loop 281 and SH 31 until the roadway is cleared.
>> Thanks
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Oct 22, 2014, at 9:49 AM, Kathi White <> wrote:
>>> Hi There,
>>> I need to correct that the westbound inside lane of I-20 is closed. Westbound 1-20 is expected to remain at one lane until at least Noon today. Traffic is moving slowly at this time and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to reach their destinations if possible, while the wreck scene is being cleared.
>>> Thanks
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Kathi White
>>> Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:43 AM
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>>> Subject: Cattle truck crash closes a lane of 1-20 at Longview
>>> TxDOT and emergency personnel working a wreck scene on I-20 in the Longview area about three miles west of Estes Parkway involving an overturned cattle truck. The crash has prompted the closure of the westbound inside lane. Officials are currently working to round up the live cattle from the truck as well as those lost when the truck crashed. With the roadway down to one travel lane, motorists are advised to use caution.
>>> The lane closure will remain in effect until further notice. The clean up and removal of the truck is expected to take several hours.
>>> Thanks
>>> Sent from my iPad
Photos from cattle truck crash attached. Thanks
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