PARIS – Motorists traveling in Northeast Texas in May and June should pay particular attention to all traffic control devices and flaggers, and slow down when they encounter work on area roads.
Texas Department of Transportation officials recently cleared CDM Holdings LLC to seal coat several roads in Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Rains and Red River counties.
Construction will begin May 17 in Franklin County. This district-wide project is scheduled to take 70 working days to complete, weather permitting, at an estimated cost of more than $8.4 million. Some work times and locations may overlap, and traffic control measures may include some one-way operation during construction.
Affected roads in Franklin County are FM 21, from State Highway 37 to the Titus County line; FM 900, from State Highway 37 to FM 115; BU37E, from State Highway 37 to US 67; State Spur 423, from US 67 to I-30.
“This is preventative maintenance that is critical to seal out moisture and prevent damage to the pavement, as well as preserve our investment in these roadways,” said Tommy Henderson, TxDOT area engineer based in Greenville, Texas. “Provisions have been included in the highway contract to keep through traffic delays to a minimum, and during this project access to bordering properties.”
People traveling along roadways receiving a seal coat should slow down and be aware of construction activity. Motorists should not drive through an area where If asphalt is applied, but rock isn’t down, motorists should not drive through the area. There will be some loose rock along roadways as well, and motorists should be prepared to stop for short durations while the work is in progress.
“We request that people traveling on these roadways recognize that the temporary inconvenience of this construction is necessary to preserve our roads,” Henderson said.
TxDOT officials will announce other seal coat locations across the Paris District as soon they finalize the development calendar.
For more information, contact Tim.McAlavy@txdot.gov or (903) 737-9213.