Road Buzz: TxDOT Update for Week of Oct. 8

TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on SH 31E in Brownsboro. A second crew will perform edge work on Loop 7. 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
  • Cost: $2.7 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

Ongoing work includes backfilling the 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 coat, surface hot mix, guardrail 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 scheduled to seal coat the main lanes and new shoulders. Motorists should expect alternating lane closures in both directions during seal coat operations. Alternate routes are encouraged to avoid delays. 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

Work is being 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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