Funding gets approved for infrastructure work at Palestine airport

Published on Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:10 - Written by Staff Reports

The Texas Transportation Commission, Texas Departmnet of Transportation’s governing body, approved nearly $80,000 in engineering and design work to improve the pavement infrastructure at Palestine Municipal Airport on Tuesday.

The project will be funded through the city of Palestine and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation system, according to a news release from TxDOT.

TxDOT allocated about $60 million for planning; constructing and maintaining community airports this year. Nearly 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for the funds.

Also this week in Anderson County, TxDOT crews will begin pavement-widening operations on Farm-to-Market Road 321 between Farm-to-Market Road 2574 in Neches and Texas Highway 155 in Mound Prairie.

The department will be completing road projects in six other counties. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

SMITH COUNTY

Crews will continue base and pavement repairs on Texas Highway 135 between Troup and Arp, then move to Texas Highway 135 near the Overton city limits.

A second crew is scheduled to resume base and pavement repairs on East Loop 323 in Tyler between the Loop 323 extension and Commerce Street.

Looking ahead to the week of April 7, construction crews from contractor APAC-Dallas Inc. are scheduled to begin work to reshape northbound U.S. Highway 69 between Toll 49 and Cumberland Road to lower the grade of the roadway to allow better access and sight distance into the new development in the area.

The project also will add two traffic signals in the area to facilitate easier access for southbound traffic turning into the development.

During construction, the speed limit in the area will be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph and traffic will regularly be reduced to one lane, particularly on the northbound side.

GREGG COUNTY

Contractor Madden Construction, Inc. will resume resurfacing operations on Farm-to-Market Road 2605 (Tenneryville Road) between Farm-to-Market Road 1845 (Pine Tree Road) in Longview to the end of state maintenance in White Oak.

Once that work is complete, the crew will perform the same work on Farm-to-Market Road 349 between Farm-to-Market Road 2011 and Fredonia Road.

WOOD COUNTY

Construction crews will resume adding passing lanes on U.S. Highway 69 between Farm-to-Market Road 779 in Golden and Loop 564 in Mineola. The approximate $2.6 million project began in September, and is scheduled to be complete this summer.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY

Crews will make base and pavement repairs on Farm-to-Market Road 1504 between U.S. Highway 80 in Edgewood and Texas Highway 64 in Myrtle Springs.

CHEROKEE COUNTY

Crews will make base and pavement repairs in various locations on SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville between U.S. Highway 69 south and Texas Highway 204. A second crew is scheduled to continue shoulder work on Texas 204 between Loop 456 in Jacksonville and Texas Highway 110 in Ponta.

Once that work is complete, crews will continue the same work on U.S. Highway 84 between Farm-to-Market Road 2138 and the Neches River.

HENDERSON COUNTY

Crews will continue resurfacing operations on U.S. Highway 175 between Farm-to-Market Road 804 east of Athens and Farm-to-Market Road 315 in Poynor.

TxDOT maintenance crews are also scheduled to perform fog seal operations on Farm-to-Market Road 1615 south of Athens, Farm-to-Market Road 2636 south of Malakoff, and Farm-to-Market Road 3062 between Malakoff and Star Harbor.

Looking ahead to the week of April 14, construction crews are scheduled to begin adding shoulders to Farm-to-Market Road 317 between Farm-to-Market Road 314 south of Brownsboro and Farm-to-Market Road 315 south of Chandler.

RUSK COUNTY

Crews will continue several weeks of base and pavement repairs on Farm-to-Market Road 95 between Texas Highway 315 and U.S. Highway 84 east of Mount Enterprise.