Texas Department of Transportation has released the following updates on area construction projects.
Smith County: The bridge replacement project at F.M. 346 at Prairie Creek, south of Lake Tyler, is expected to be completed by spring 2019. The contractor is set to begin earthwork on the bridge approaches. The speed limit through the work zone has been reduced to 45 miles per hour. The project is replacing the existing bridge with a wider one.
Crews will continue edge repairs on SH 110 North just north of F.M. 724. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. Ditch maintenance will be conducted on the I-20 Service Road at Barber Road. No lane closures expected.
The US 69 resurfacing project from F.M. 346, south to the Cherokee County Line is due to be completed in the fall of 2018. The contractor will be installing barricades and signage. The project is performing pavement repairs and placing a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface.
The County Road 356 at Simpson Creek, east of Winona and County Road 234 at Mud Creek bridge replacement projects are expected to be completed spring 2019. Substructure work began this week. Both roadways are closed with detours in place. The project replaces existing bridges with wider ones.
No lane closures are expected as sidewalk construction for the Legacy Trails hike and bike trail development continues on the West Trail from Three Lakes Parkway to F.M. 2813. Sidewalk construction also continues along the Oncor easement between Dueling Oaks and Cumberland Road. The project consists of constructing 4.4 miles of hike and bike trails in southwest Tyler. It includes the construction of parking lots, driveways, landscaping, pedestrian ramps, crosswalks and drainage structures along the 10-foot wide hike and bike trails.
The contractor for the bridge replacement at F.M. 849 continues to establish vegetation and perform final cleanup activities. No lane closures are planned. This is an emergency bridge replacement project consisting of removing the existing steel and concrete structure and replacing it with a new 4-span reinforced concrete structure. Work also includes the widening of the bridge approaches and improvements to the I-20 ramps.
A mill and inlay project on US 271 is being completed. It consists of base repairs, planing, applying a hot mix surface and striping from 0.4 miles south of Spur 147 at Oakwood Street south to SH 64, or Fifth Street, in Tyler. The contractor, Clark Construction of Texas, Inc. from San Antonio, continues to work on final project activities. No lane closures are planned.
A widening project on Spur 248 consists of embankment, subgrade, drainage and retaining wall work on the north side of the roadway with no planned lane closures. The widening begins 1.75 miles west of F.M. 848, or Old Omen Road, continuing east to SH 64 southeast of Tyler. The speed limit is 55 mph during construction to widen Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with a flush median.
Work on turn lane projects continues at Broadway Avenue and South Town Drive with daytime lane closures possible. Work is also ongoing at Grande Boulevard and Old Jacksonville Highway. Expect daytime lane closures to continue from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for work to build the right turn lanes. The turn lane project is removing existing medians to extend turn lanes and adding right turn lanes to various intersections in Tyler. Work locations include US 69, Cumberland Road, Independence, South Donnybrook, Rice, South town and wrap up at Grande and F.M. 2493.
Rusk County: Base repair work is ongoing on F.M. 2276 near the Gregg County line, and on SH 322 from US 259 to FM 2011. Expect lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control.