Road Buzz: TxDOT Update for the Week of Nov. 5

TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance plans to continue edge repairs on SH 31E and FM 314N. 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

The contractor is scheduled to conduct hot mix operations as weather conditions allow. Ongoing work includes backfilling behind the guard fence mow strips. 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 preparing to conduct hot mix operations as weather conditions allow. Expect daily lane closures and take alternate routes 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

Miscellaneous work and final cleanup activities continue. 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

  • ┬áLimits: 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

The westbound lanes are undivided and carrying all traffic as work is conducted in the eastbound lanes. Work is ongoing to install driveway pipe and box culverts in the two southernmost lanes from Elm St. to Cemetery Rd. Clear/grub, demolishing existing culverts, and excavation work also continues. 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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