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February 5, 2014

TxDOT work continues

New signs on I-45, and work on East 31

Corsicana — New signs along Interstate 45 from the Ellis County to the Freestone County lines will be installed to the tune of $227,000, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The contract to install the new guide signs were approved in January as part of TxDOT’s latest round of Dallas-area construction projects. Among the projects approved were $3 million worth of work in Ellis County, and just over $1 million in Dallas County.

Guide signs are the green signs that indicate exits and towns.

“The ones on the interstate are very large and they are expensive,” explained Darwin Myers, area engineer for TxDOT.

The new signs will replace guide signs that have broken or fallen in the last decade or so, and the new signs will be more reflective, improving visibility.

The work in Ellis County will be primarily around Waxahachie, and will include a $569,000 contract to add and replace pavement markings in various locations along U.S. 77. In addition, a $1.5 million contract was issued to rehabilitate a nearly eight-mile stretch of frontage road along I-35E, from Bill Lewis Road to just south of Waxahachie Lake. The third contract is for a $681,000 resurfacing project along Loop 561.

In Dallas, the two contracts are for $207,000 to repair a 33-inch storm drain along U.S. 175, near St. Augustine Road. A separate $714,000 contract was issued for replacing pavement markings, signs and signals at various locations in Dallas County.

The projects were approved at the Transportation Commission meeting in January. Construction start dates and schedules will be established in upcoming meetings between TxDOT and the contractors.

A contract that was let last year, to repair the pavement on East Highway 31 in Navarro County between Interstate 45 and roughly the Henderson County line has made it as far as the Chambers Creek Bridge between Corsicana and Powell.

The work will take several months to complete and involves making repairs to the concrete and then adding a hot mix overlay, Myers said.

“It goes all the way to the Trinity River,” Myers said. “The pipeline isn’t ours. That’s someone else’s.”

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