TxDOT Atlanta District
For Nov. 22-28, 2020
BECOME AN ANTI-LITTER STAR IN NEW DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® SONG SEARCH
Lone Star Song Search is accepting entries through Dec. 31
AUSTIN – Don’t mess with Texas is launching a contest as big as the Lone Star State to find its new anti-litter theme song. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” invites Texans to compose original music to compete for prizes provided by iHeart Media, Guitar Center, and the School of Rock. Lone Star Song Seach will select two winners in two different categories, with each valuable winning prizes.
“The contest is an exciting way for Texans to add their voice to Don’t mess with Texas,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t mess with Texas campaign. “We are seeking fresh and unique songs, written by Texans, to creatively communicate the importance of keeping our state clean and litter-free.”
The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” is open to Texas residents ages 13 and above. You can find contest rules and entry criteria at Dontmesswithtexas.org. Contestants should submit their original song, up to 30 seconds long, by video, incorporating the Don’t mess with Texas tagline and an anti-littering message. For entries to be eligible, you must submit by 11:59 pm on Dec. 31, 2020.
Don’t mess with Texas will choose one winner in the Best Original Song category, who will receive a home recording studio donated by Guitar Center. They will choose the second winner from a band or musician currently enrolled at the School of Rock for their best original song and accompanying essay. This winner will receive a School of Rock Scholarship donated by iHeart Media. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” winners will also join the ranks of other notable performers featured in the Don’t mess with Texas campaign throughout the years, including Willie Nelson, George Strait, The Randy Rogers Band, and Las Fenix.
Don’t mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The program includes a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, annual “Trash-Off” community outreach events, and the Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program.
For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.
I-30 – From FM 989 to Arkansas State Line, widening the highway and reconstructing and widening the road. Eastbound traffic moved to the outside lanes.
SH 8 – At Sulphur River, crews are replacing bridges.
SH 93 – Between US 82 and US 67, installing sidewalks.
SH 98 – At Anderson Creek, crews are replacing the bridge, and they 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 – In Queen City and south of Linden, repairing concrete pavement.
US 59 – From FM 1997 to Marion County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway. Workers are restricting traffic to one lane in each direction.
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 are restricting traffic restricted 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.
TxDOT Paris District
For Nov. 22-28, 2020
Watch for Road Work on US 271 in Lamar County
Nov. 19, 2020
AUSTIN – Texas Department of Transportation officials today announced that workers would be working on US 271 north of Loop 286 around Paris, Texas, to prepare a turn lane and acceleration lane on that roadway.
Contractor GHB Equipment Company LLC will fill the existing shoulder rumble strips on US 271 southbound, approximately 4.5 miles north of Loop 286 at CR 33860 (Beaver Creek) on Nov. 23 and 24. This work will require the closure of the right lane of US 271 southbound at this location, officials said.
After completion, workers will reconfigure the pavement markings and signs at this location to allow for a right-turn lane and acceleration lane.
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. 23, 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.
FM 79, Lamar Co.: 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.
US 271, Lamar County: 4.5 mi. North of Loop 286 (southbound). Watch for right lane closure while crews fill in milled rumbled strips on the shoulder.
SH 19, Delta County: from the Delta-Lamar County line to SH 24/19 south, watch for lane closures while crews perform full-depth concrete repairs.
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. Watch for temporary lane closures while crews rehabilitate the existing pavement and improve drainage structures.
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.
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.
Hopkins, Franklin Counties
Contacts: Sulphur Springs Area Office (903) 885-9514; Franklin Co. Maintenance (903) 537-4976; Hopkins Co. Maintenance (903) 885-4031.
I-30, Hopkins & Franklin Counties: From Titus County Line to Hunt County Line. Watch for lane closures, and short traffic delays as crews upgrade metal beam guard fence.
FM 3389, Hopkins County: From IH 30 to FM 1567. Watch for lane closures and short traffic delays as crews begin work on cross drainage structures.