TxDOT to begin construction to expand Loop 323

Published on Sunday, 18 May 2014 23:25 - Written by Staff Reports

The Texas Department of Transportation will be working on roadways in its eight-county district this week.

Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

SMITH COUNTY

Construction work will begin Monday to expand Tyler’s West Loop 323 to six lanes, build a new railroad overpass and eliminate the bottleneck between Bellwood Drive and West Front Street.

“Weather has played a big role in delaying the start of this project, but we’re on go now,” TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz said in a news release.

The $12.2 million project calls for building a temporary railroad overpass adjacent to the existing one, then demolishing the existing structure to construct a longer, more modern overpass to accommodate additional lanes beneath it.

Raised medians also will be added, filling the gap between Bellwood Drive and Elm Street.

Additionally, the project will greatly expand the intersection of Loop 323 and West Front Street to accommodate free-right-turn lanes and dual left-turn lanes for Loop 323 traffic onto Front.

“We’re outgrowing our infrastructure in Tyler,” Krantz said. “And while that can be painful in the short term, in the long run it says good things about the economy in Tyler and across East Texas.”

The work is largely scheduled to be done during nighttime hours and on weekends, but some daytime lane closures and turn restrictions may be in effect at various times during the project.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

Nighttime construction work also began Sunday to repair and resurface Texas Highway 110 between Aberdeen Road south of the Troup-and-the-Loop intersection in Tyler and just north of Toll 49. Work is scheduled between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The $1.2 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Elsewhere in Smith County, TxDOT maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform resurfacing operations on Farm-to-Market Road 346 between U.S. Highway 69 Flint and Farm-to-Market Road 2964 (Rhone’s Quarter Road) near Whitehouse.

ANDERSON COUNTY

Crews will finish base and pavement repairs on U.S. Highway 287 between Elkhart and the Houston County line, then move midweek to do the same work on Texas Highway 294 between Farm-to-Market Road 323 and Farm-to-Market Road 228 near the Cherokee County line.

CHEROKEE COUNTY

Crews will do shoulder and edge work on Texas Highway 204 between Loop 456 in Jacksonville and Texas Highway 110 in Ponta.

GREGG COUNTY

Maintenance crews will make base and pavement repairs on the U.S. Highway 259 Kilgore bypass between Farm-to-Market Road 349 east of Kilgore and the south end of the bypass. 

HENDERSON COUNTY

Crews will continue resurfacing various spots of Farm-to-Market Road 1615 between Texas Highway 19 south of Athens and the end of state maintenance.

A second crew will finish resurfacing work on Farm-to-Market Road 59 in Athens between Texas Highway 19 and Loop 7.

RUSK COUNTY

Crews will continue resurfacing Farm-to-Market Road 95 between Farm-to-Market Road 1798 in Minden and U.S. Highway 84 east of Mount Enterprise.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY

Crews will continue making base and pavement repairs on Texas Highway 19 between Interstate 20 and Texas Highway 64. 

WOOD COUNTY

Crews will continue resurfacing Farm-to-Market Road 514 west of Yantis.

A second crew will do base and pavement repairs on Texas Highway 37 between Quitman and Winnsboro.