TxDOT announces lane closures as work on Relief Route continues

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Daily lane closures will continue this week and in the future on I-20 eastbound and westbound at Toll 49 due to work on the Lindale Relief Route, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Kathi White.

The contractor will continue work on the Toll 49 main lane bridge, she said. Daily closures are scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday’s-Thursday’s through Dec. 15 and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Friday’s.

No weekend work is planned.

Additionally, night work on the Toll 49 northbound exit ramp and main lane bridge necessitates I-20 closures. Both east- and westbound will be closed from 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6, through 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Local law enforcement will be assisting with work zone traffic control redirecting motorists to the frontage roads. Message boards have been installed to provide advance notice of the closures.

Other Smith County projects include:

FM 850 Bridge Replacement Project

Limits: FM 580 at Mud Creek just east of FM 21

Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

The contractor is continuing drill shafts and other bridge construction. The road is closed at Mud Creek with traffic detoured. The project will replace the existing bridge with a wider one.

SH 64E Resurfacing Project

Limits: From Loop 323 to 1.7 miles southeast of Spur 248

Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Cleanup operations continue on this project that consists of making repairs to the curb and gutter across from Brookshire’s on SH 64 just east of Loop 323 and placing a new surface from the loop to Chapel Hill.

SH 31E Widening Project

Limits: From FM 757 to FM 2012

Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Cleanup activities are ongoing. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The speed limit during work hours is 60 mph.

SH 31E Overlay Project

Limits: From Loop 323 to FM 850

Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Cleanup work continues on this project where a Porous Friction Course surface has been applied. Expect lane closures.

US 271 Mill and Inlay Project

Limits: From 0.4 miles south of Spur 147 at Oakwood St., south to SH 64/Fifth St. in Tyler

Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

Nighttime paving operations have resumed with work being conducted this weekend. Expect lane closures and delays and pay attention to traffic control measures in place to guide traffic through the work zone. The contractor will be working from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly as the project progresses. The project consists of base repairs, planing, applying a hot mix surface and striping.

Spur 248 Widening Project

Limits: From 1.75 miles west of FM 848/Old Omen Road going east to SH 64 southeast of Tyler

Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018

Embankment and drainage work are ongoing on the north side of the roadway. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. The speed limit is 55 mph during construction to widen Spur 248 from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway with flush median.

I-20 Resurfacing Project

Limits: From US 69 to FM 14 WB only

Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2017

The contractor is placing header joints and backfilling pavement edges. The project is placing a new Porous Friction Course (PFC) surface in the westbound lanes and installing upgrades to the metal beam guard fence along this stretch of I-20.

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