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August 5, 2013

Roadwork continues around Pineywoods

CHEROKEE COUNTY — SH 64 widening project near Toll 49 set to begin Monday

TYLER – Construction crews from TxDOT contractor Big Creek Construction, Ltd., of Hewitt, are scheduled Monday to begin several months of work to widen SH 64 to five lanes between Tyler Pounds Regional Airport and FM 2661 just west of Toll 49.

“This section of SH 64 is a bottleneck,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “Particularly now that Toll 49 is putting additional traffic on it. This project will be an immediate improvement to the safety and mobility through this area.”

The $2.4 million project is scheduled for completion next summer.

Also this week in Smith County, work associated with TxDOT’s annual preventative maintenance program known as District Wide Seal Coat, is scheduled to be performed as early as Wednesday on FM 2661 between SH 64 near Toll 49, and Big Eddy Road, including the Pine Cove area.

Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Loose gravel may be present for several days following a seal coat application.

Sink hole repair work set to begin Friday, August 9

TYLER – Contract construction crews will close the Tyler intersection of Front Street (SH 31) and Broadway Avenue to all traffic at 8 p.m. Friday so work can begin to repair the damaged storm drain that caused a sink hole to form in the intersection on July 23.

The intersection will remain closed to all traffic through 5 a.m. Monday, or until the work is completed.

Crews will be working 24 hours per day removing the old storm drain pipe and replacing it with a new pipe, then repairing the roadway.

“There wasn’t much choice in terms of closing the intersection because of how the pipe runs,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “The question was how long would it take and how much trouble would it cause to try to make the repairs during the day and during the week. Obviously, working 24 hours a day from Friday night to early Monday was the best answer.”

Motorists are encouraged to plan alternate routes now to avoid inconvenience while the work is in progress.

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