Texas Department of Transportation Assistant Area Engineer Noel Paramanantham reported on the projects under way in Grayson and Fannin counties. This is the current status of these projects between now and Sunday, March 4.
TxDOT reminds drivers to be cautious in these and all construction zones, and to be watching for flagmen, traffic cones and barriers, and other warning and directional information provided.
U.S. Highway 75, Sherman —South of FM 1417, R.K. Hall Construction is working on a ramp reversal project on the southbound entrance ramp. The new exit ramp is now open and the exit ramp farther south is closed. The southbound frontage road remains reduced to one lane. This project is expected to take until the end of March to complete, and is on schedule.
U.S. Highway 69 (Austin Avenue), Denison — Bridge replacement on the viaduct over the railroad tracks, which is two separate bridges joined together as one. Substructure work is being done currently. The project is expected to take until March 31, 2013, to complete. L&N Bridge has the contract.
State Highway 91, Denison — R.K. Hall Construction is continuing its work on an overpass at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing in the north Denison area. There currently are numerous twists and turns in the roadway. Work will continue through October.
FM 1310, Denison — East Texas Bridge, Inc., is contracted to repair or replace existing cross-drainage structures on FM 110, beginning at U.S. Highway 75 and going to Park Road 20. The $474,000 project is expected to be completed by June 4.
FM 922, western side of county — Ne-Tex Construction LTD of New Boston, Texas, has the contract to rehabilitate FM 922 from U.S. Highway 377 to the Cooke County Line. The work being done consists of widening the subgrade, base treatment, adding flexible base, with a two-course asphaltic surface treatment and new pavement markings. The project has an estimated July completion date. Only one lane of the highway will be closed to traffic during daylight hours.
Bridges being replaced — TxDOT has contracted with Hodges & Son Construction to replace several bridges over several county roads. Paramanantham said these should be open by the end of next week.
State Highway 78 at Loop 205 — Paramanantham said that work on this project remains slow, due to weather. Rain and the cooler temperatures have slowed the drying time of the sub-grade dirt on Loop 205. Contractor R.K. Hall Construction, is unable to lime treat until the sub-grade is dry. Contractor will grade and tie steel for concrete pavement. Only local through- traffic is allowed from SH 78 to V.A. Hospital along Loop 2005. The projected completion date is February 2013.
State Highway 121 — The work on this contract is suspended until warmer temperatures and the estimated completion date still cannot be set until weather allows Austin Bridge & Road to begin work again. The project runs from the Collin County Line to State Highway 56.
TxDOT will be holding a public hearing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 29 in regard to extending this road-widening project from SH 56 to U.S. 82, through Bonham. The hearing will be at Bonham City Hall at 301 East 5th Street, in Bonham.
FM 273 — TxDOT has contracted with D.L. Lennon Inc. to widen existing roadways. There could be delays and lane reductions. At night, all lanes of traffic should be open. This project will continue through May.
FM 3297 — This project involves pavement rehabilitation and will affect traffic in all directions. Work began Monday. TxDOT said to expect delays, as there will be one-lane closures. Both lanes will be open at night. D.L. Lennon Inc. has the contract, and the project is expected to take until the end of May to complete.
FM 897 — Pavement rehabilitation has begun on this road from U.S. 82 to SH 56. From US 82 to SH 56. Paramanantham said drivers can expect one-lane closures and delays, and that both lanes will be open at night. This new project extended until the end of September.
Ask TxDOT : TxDOT takes questions by e-mail, and as many of those questions as can be answered will appear in each published report. This will continue as long as the public sends questions. They need to be received by Wednesday. The e-mail address is TxDOTParisDistrict@gmail.com.
The question posed previously was about the speed limit signs east of FM 1417 Spur on U.S. Highway 82, and Paramanantham said he had those checked out locally and through the TxDOT office in Austin.
Paramanantham answered: Advance signs are placed according to the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control devices and are based on posted speed. TxDOT will consider adding more signs based on need. Speed limit locations are based on speed studies and the locations are fixed until the next study. In this case, the 55-mph sign that is posted prior to entering the new U.S. 82 will carry over until the driver sees the next speed limit sign.