Road Buzz: TxDOT update for week of Oct. 1

TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on SH 155 and edge repairs on FM 85. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

SH 31 Overlay Project

Limits: From FM 3204 east to 0.5 miles west of FM 315 in Chandler
Contractor: Big Creek Construction of Hewitt
Cost: $2.7 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

The contractor is backfilling pavement edges, working on guard fence, and preparing for surface hot mix. Expect daily lane closures. Watch for construction traffic exiting and merging throughout the project limits. The project consists of base repairs, mill and inlay, seal coating, surface hot mix, Metal Beam Guard Fence upgrades, and the installation of signs and pavement markings.

SH 19 Widening Project III

Limits: FM 1615 south to 0.3 miles south of Coon Creek
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp
Cost: $4.9 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019

The contractor is cleaning base, preparing to prime the northbound shoulder, and applying seal coat to the roadway as weather permits. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph for the duration of the project which consists of adding 10-foot shoulders on both the northbound and southbound travel lanes.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)

Limits: From 0.1 mile SE of FM 804 near Baxter SE to 1.1 miles E of Loop 60E at Larue
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. and Big Creek Construction
Cost: $39.2 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

The contractor is conducting miscellaneous work and final cleanup activities. Observe advance warning signs and expect lane closures. The speed limit is 55 mph on this project to expand US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

US 175 Widening Project (Phase III) in Anderson County

Limits: From 0.85 mile E of FM 315 in Poynor SE to .5 mile NW of SH 155 at Frankston
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc.
Cost: $27.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2019

Traffic is on the westbound lanes as an undivided highway running east/west as work is conducted in the eastbound lanes. The contractor is working in the two southern most lanes from Elm St. to Cemetery Rd. to install driveway pipe and box culverts. Installation necessitates the continuation of clear/grub, demolishing existing culverts, and excavation. SW3P items are continuously installed and repaired on this project that is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.

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