TxDOT Paris District
For June 9-15, 2019
Paris — Here’s a look at work planned in Franklin and Hopkins Counties during the week of June 10, 2019. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure, or other unforeseen issues. Motorists are advised to remain alert and pay special attention to all signs, barricades and traffic controls, and reduce their speed as they approach and travel through work zones. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems.
Hopkins, Franklin Counties
Contacts: Sulphur Springs Area Office (903) 885-9514; Franklin Co. Maintenance (903) 537-4976; Hopkins Co. Maintenance (903) 885-4031.
SH 19, Hopkins County: At FM 71 in Birthright. Watch for lane closures and short traffic delays as crews perform shoulder work for a turn lane construction project.
SH 154, Hopkins County: From Houston Street to Loop 301. Watch for lane closures, and short traffic delays as crews perform milling and surfacing operations; flaggers will direct traffic.
Delta, Lamar, Red River Counties
Contacts: Paris Area Office (903) 784-1357; Delta Co. Maintenance (903) 395-2139; Lamar Co. Maintenance (903) 785-4468; Red River Co. Maintenance (903) 427-3561.
US 82/Loop 286 Frontage roads from US 82 to Pine Mill Road.
US 82/Loop 286 Frontage roads from US 271 to Stillhouse Road.
US 271B Pine Bluff Street to Loop 286
BU 271B Clarksville Street – from Loop 286 to 24th Street)
Watch for temporary lane closures while crews perform pavement resurfacing.
SH 19/24 at Loop 286, Lamar County: Watch for temporary lane closures while crews perform bridge beam repairs and clean and seal bridge joints.
BU 271B (Clarksville Street) at Collegiate Drive; US 82H (Lamar Street) at 20th Street; US 82 at FM 38, Lamar County: Watch for work zones as signal and flashing beacon work is performed.
FM 2648 widening, Lamar County: Watch for temporary lane closures as work continues. Pine Creek Bridge is down to one lane to upgrade the bridge rail. Temporary traffic signals and signs are in place to direct traffic.
FM 197, Lamar County: Watch for temporary lane closures as workers widen and reconstruct existing pavement.
Red River County
US 271 pavement repair, Lamar and Red River Counties: from Loop 286 in Paris southeastward to SH 37. Watch for work zones and drive safely through construction areas as final work is being performed.
US 271 safety upgrades, Red River County: from FM 410 to the Red River-Titus County line. Watch for temporary lane and shoulder closures as work continues.
SH 37 safety upgrades, Red River County: from the Texas-Oklahoma state line south to the Red River-Franklin County line. Watch for work zones as workers upgrade metal-beam guard fence, replace or extend new structures, and install safety end treatments.
SH 24 expansion, from Cooper, Texas, southwestward towards Commerce. Watch for work zones and drive safely through construction areas as final work is being performed.
State Warns Distracted Driving Is Still A Problem
TxDOT and AT&T ‘It Can Wait’ join efforts again and use virtual reality to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving
SAN ANTONIO – Approximately 1 in 5 crashes in Texas involves distracted driving, which continues to be a problem in the state, even after a state law banning texting and driving in 2017.
“Our message is no longer just a public safety suggestion to urge Texans to avoid distraction while operating a vehicle – it is to remind them of the law that now forbids such activity,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “One life lost is one too many, and distracted driving is completely preventable.”
The statewide texting while driving ban could be helping a little. According to recent data, the number of crashes involving distracted driving in Texas decreased by 6% when comparing the 12-month periods before and after the statewide texting-while-driving ban took effect on September 1, 2017. Then in 2018, TxDOT introduced the “Heads up, Texas” to address the new law with a new call to action.
The 2019 campaign will kick off June 4 in San Antonio with the return of a 12-city, virtual reality experience tour in collaboration with AT&T It Can Wait to educate Texans about the dangers of driving while being distracted.
Other campaign activities include social media and audio and video/television PSAs.
The “Heads up, Texas” campaign is a critical component of #EndTheStreakTX, broader word-of-mouth and social media effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel. Since November 8, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on our roads.
For more information, contact Tim.McAlavy@txdot.gov or (903) 737-9213.
TxDOT Atlanta District
For June 9-15, 2019
SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges.
US 59 – From FM 989 to FM 2148, repairing and resurfacing highway.
FM 3129 – From US 59 to SH 77, resurfacing highway.
SH 11 – From Morris County Line to FM 130, upgrading guard rails.
SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges.
I-20 – Through Harrison County, repairing concrete pavement. Expect lane closures and delays at various locations.
SH 43 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on the bridge.
Loop 281 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on the bridge.
I-20 – at the Louisiana State Line, LaDOTD is conducting a bridge widening project just across the state line. Expect delays and watch for stopped traffic.
US 80 – At Tom Brown Road in Hallsville, adding a left turn lane and upgrading signal.
FM 9 – From FM 2625 to Panola County Line, resurfacing highway.
FM 451 – From 0.6 mile east of FM 31 to FM 9, resurfacing highway.
US 59 – From two miles north of SH 49 to Cass County Line, repairing concrete pavement.
US 259 – From FM 250 to FM 557, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
SH 149 – At SH 315, constructing overpass and widening the highway. The intersection will be closed to through-traffic on June 14 while crews hang beams for the new bridge.
FM 699 – At FM 2517, reconstructing intersection.
US 59 – From FM 2792 to Harrison County Line, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
US 271 – At Ripley Creek and Ripley Creek Relief, replacing bridges.
FM 899 – At Dragoo Creek, replacing the bridge. Highway closed to through-traffic.
US 259– From FM 557 to SH 155, repairing and resurfacing highway.