TxDOT Paris District
For Nov. 8-14, 2020
FM 911 Closure Set for Nov. 9 in Red River County
Texas Department of Transportation officials announced that a short-term closure of FM 911 in Red River County near Avery, Texas, will be necessary beginning Nov. 9 to complete an improvement project on this roadway.
The closure is necessary for the contractor to complete culvert replacements and should be complete by Nov. 11, weather permitting, officials said.
Beginning Nov. 9, FM 911, approximately .25 miles north of FM 1701, is closed for through traffic. A marked detour will direct traffic through this area via FM 44 and FM 1701.
Motorists who frequently travel in this area should pay special attention to all barricades, traffic controls, and signs 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.
For more information, contact Tim.McAlavy@txdot.gov or (903) 737-9213.
Here’s a look at work planned in Delta, Lamar, and Red River Counties during the week of Nov. 9, 2020. 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.
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.
NW Loop 286 at FM 79, Lamar County: The right lane will be closed while crews perform slope repair work along the southwest exit ramp.
FM 79, Lamar County: from Loop 286 to BU 82 H (Bonham Street). Watch for lane closures while crews install drainage inlet and place final pavement markings.
FM 1507, Lamar County: from South Collegiate Drive to Loop 286. This roadway is closed while crews rehabilitate and resurface the existing road.
FM 1487, Red River County: from FM 909 to FM 910. Watch for temporary lane closures while crews widen and rehabilitate the existing pavement and improve drainage structures.
FM 911, Red River County: from BU 82K (Avery) to FM 44, the roadway will be closed 0.25 miles north of FM 1701. Follow the marked detour. Watch for temporary lane closures while crews rehabilitate the existing pavement and improve drainage structures in other areas of the project.
SH 37, Red River County: from US 271 (Bogata) to Franklin County Line. Watch for daytime lane closures as crews mill existing pavement, upgrading bridge rail, and place new hot mix.
BU 271D, Red River County: from US 271 to SP 38 (Bogata), watch for daytime lane closures while crews rehabilitate the existing roadway.
US 82, Red River County: from FM 1159 to Bowie County Line. Traffic is shifted to the north side of the roadway between FM 44 and FM 1699 while crews perform pavement widening work on the south side.
FM 195, Red River County: from FM 410 North to SH 37. Watch for temporary lane closures while crews upgrade metal beam guard fence and complete cross culvert extensions at two locations.
SH 37, Red River County: from the Texas-Oklahoma state line south to the Red River-Franklin County line, watch for temporary traffic signals at bridge locations while crews upgrade bridge rail from Clarksville to Bogata.
Red River County, watch for temporary lane closures while crews perform crack sealing on various roadways; FM 114, FM 3390, FM 2118, FM 2573, FM 410.
TxDOT Atlanta District
For Nov. 8-14, 2020
MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE SIMPLE SAFETY PRECAUTION
TxDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign reminds drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing seat belts.
With health and safety a top priority for millions of Texans, TxDOT reminds motorists of one of the simplest and easiest precautions everyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones: buckling up.
Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying by 45% for people in passenger cars’ front seats. For those in pickups, seat belts reduce the risk of dying by 60% since pickups are more likely to roll over than passenger vehicles.
“Our annual Click It or Ticket campaign is about saving lives,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “While almost 91% of Texans have gotten into the habit of using seat belts, there are still far too many motorists who are taking unnecessary chances by not buckling up. Whether you’re the driver or a passenger, wearing a seat belt—day and night—is the single most effective way to protect yourself from serious injury or death in a crash.”
TxDOT officials report that in 2019 there were 925 traffic fatalities involving an unbuckled driver or passenger, a 6% drop over the previous year. Although around 9% of Texans do not wear a seat belt, the lack of seat belt usage was in 42% of traffic fatalities for those who had the option to use a seat belt (excluding pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle fatalities).
A survey in 2019 by Texas A&M Transportation Institute noted that drivers and passengers in 18 Texas cities buckle up less at night (between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am) than during the day. In Texas last year, crashes that killed unbuckled drivers or passengers, 59% happened during nighttime hours (6;00 pm to 5:59 am). Seat belt use among pickup drivers and passengers also continues to lag behind that of other motorists. In crashes that killed 499 pickup drivers last year, almost 46% were not wearing seat belts.
From November 16 to November 29, as we approach and celebrate Thanksgiving and more drivers take to the road, state troopers, police officers, and sheriffs’ deputies statewide will step up the state’s seat belt and child car seat laws. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be adequately secured in the front or back seat or face fines and fees up to $200. Children younger than eight years must be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If a child isn’t secured, the driver faces fines of up to $250.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Click It or Ticket initiative in Texas is estimated to have saved more than 6,234 lives, prevented more than 100,000 serious injuries, and resulted in $23.6 billion in economic savings since the campaign began in 2002.
The ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign is a critical component of #EndTheStreakTX. It is a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel, such as wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving, and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. November 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.
I-30 – From FM 989 to Arkansas State Line, widening the highway, reconstructing and widening the road. Eastbound traffic moved to the outside lanes.
SH 8 – At Sulphur River, crews are replacing the bridges.
SH 93 – Between US 82 and US 67, installing sidewalks.
SH 98 – At Anderson Creek, replacing the bridge. Workers are restricting all traffic to one lane with signal lights controlling traffic through the work zone.
SH 8 – At Sulphur River, crews are replacing bridges.
US 59 – From FM 1997 to Marion County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway. Workers are restricting traffic to one lane in each direction.
SH 43 – From Loop 390 to Haggerty Creek, repairing and resurfacing highway.
FM 1186 – From US 59 to Panola County Line, crews install safety end treatments on culverts.
US 59 – From 1.5 miles south of FM 2208 to Harrison County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway. Workers restrict traffic to one lane in each direction.
SH 49 – From Titus County Line to FM 144, repairing and resurfacing highway.
US 79 – From SH 149 to Rusk County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway.
US 59 (NE Loop) – From US 59 North to US 79 East, repairing and resurfacing highway. On and off-ramps at US 59 and NE Loop closed, traffic detoured accordingly.
SH 315 – From West Loop in Carthage to Rusk County Line, installing safety end treatments on culverts.
SH 49 – From FM 1735 to Morris County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway.