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July 2, 2014

Four lane traffic on Highway 31 possible Thursday

Corsicana — State Highway 31 through Corsicana — also known as Seventh Avenue — might have a new look Thursday.

If all goes according to plan, the highway that’s been involved in construction work of some form or fashion for over four years could be restored to four lanes of traffic all the way through town.

A major drainage project that involved completely rebuilding the highway from Beaton Street west to 28th Street is nearing completion, said Darwin Myers, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Crews had hoped to get the construction finished up by the holiday. Late Wednesday, it looked like that was going to happen.

Finishing work on some curbs, re-striping of lanes and moving barriers and signs is about all that remains to get the construction barrels up for the busy July 4 weekend, Myers said.

“Things have really picked up,” Myers said. “The plan is to have that open sometime Thursday, maybe later in the day.”

Myers said while the highway lanes will hopefully be opened up, motorists may still see some flashing signal lights on their drive through town. Coordinating the timing of the lights and the interface with railroad signals will take place next week, he said.

With the majority of the work on Seventh Avenue complete, only some small “spot repairs” remain and motorists may see some temporary lane closures as crews finish up some spots, but nothing like the blocks-long construction zones that have been a staple of the Seventh Avenue commute since work started in 2010 with utility relocation.

“For the most part, Highway 31 will be complete except for some incidental work,” Myers said.

A few more weeks of work remains on the Main Street portion of the drainage project, and that’s where crews will now focus, Myers said. They hope to finish that up by the end of July.

Several other TxDOT jobs are still in the works in the county, including the re-surfacing of Highway 31 from Interstate 45 to the Henderson County Line, the resurfacing of FM 709 from Corsicana to Dawson, and several bridge repair and replacement projects.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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