Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 2, 2014

Trash-Off slated; TxDOT approves funding for Palestine airport

Press release
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The 2014 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off annual cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at locations all across Texas including several across East Texas. Volunteers collected more than 7.5 million pounds of trash during last year’s statewide cleanup.

The Trash-Off encourages Texans across the state to join forces and clear Texas roadsides of trash. Millions of pieces of litter accumulate on our roadways each year, which means we need your help.

Volunteers come from all walks of life: students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, families, community groups, sororities, fraternities, sports teams, military, etc. If you have some free time, please volunteer and make a difference.

The Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

Sign up at Keep Texas Beautiful or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX. If you're part of an Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) group, contact your district AAH coordinator.

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission, TxDOT’s governing body, approved nearly $80,000 engineering and design work to improve the pavement infrastructure at Palestine Municipal Airport.

Project costs 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.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. There are nearly 275 community airports in Texas eligible for this funding. Arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.

Also this week in Anderson County, TxDOT maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin pavement-widening operations on FM 321 between FM 2574 in Neches and SH 155 in Mound Prairie.



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



TxDOT plans work on SH 135, East Loop 323



SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs on SH 135 between Troup and Arp, then move to SH 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.



Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress. Motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone.



Looking ahead to the week of April 7, construction crews from contractor APAC-Dallas, Inc. are scheduled to begin work to reshape northbound US 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 will also 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.



The $2.1 million project has been completely funded by the developer.



Resurfacing work resumes in Gregg County



GREGG COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation contractor Madden Construction, Inc., is scheduled to resume resurfacing operations this week on FM 2605 (Tenneryville Road) between FM 1845 (Pine Tree Road) in Longview to the end of state maintenance in White Oak.



Once that work is complete, the crew is scheduled to move to perform the same work on FM 349 between FM 2011 and GCR 2500 (Fredonia Road).



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



US 69 construction resumes



WOOD COUNTY – Construction crews this week are scheduled to resume work to add passing lanes on US 69 between FM 779 in Golden and Loop 564 in Mineola. The approximate $2.6 million project let to contract in June 2013 and work began in September.



The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.



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



TxDOT plans work in Van Zandt County



VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on FM 1504 between US 80 in Edgewood and SH 64 in Myrtle Springs.



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



TxDOT continues work on SH 204, Loop 456



CHEROKEE COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs in various locations on SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville between US 69 south and SH 204. A second crew is scheduled to continue shoulder work on SH 204 between Loop 456 in Jacksonville and SH 110 in Ponta.



Once that work is complete, crews are scheduled to move to perform the same work on US 84 between FM 2138 and the Neches River.



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



TxDOT continues work on US 175



HENDERSON COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue resurfacing operations on US 175 between FM 804 east of Athens and FM 315 in Poynor.



Elsewhere, TxDOT maintenance crews are scheduled to perform fog seal operations on FM 1615 south of Athens, FM 2636 south of Malakoff, and FM 3062 between Malakoff and Star Harbor.



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



Looking ahead to the week of April 14, construction crews are scheduled to begin work to add shoulders to FM 317 between FM 314 south of Brownsboro and FM 315 south of Chandler.



TxDOT continues work FM 95



RUSK COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue several weeks of base and pavement repairs on FM 95 between SH 315 and US 84 east of Mount Enterprise.



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