Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 4, 2013

TxDOT approves Highway 14 project contract

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — That peculiar turn on Highway 14 just south of Richland that dips under the Union Pacific railroad trestle will be replaced with a modern overpass, thanks to a contract announced Tuesday by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The state has contracted with JW Payne Construction to build a $6.5 million overpass to soar over the railroad just south of where the crossing is now.

Currently, Highway 14 does an S-curve, then goes under the railroad tracks and then back to the left parallel to the tracks.

“The underpass is very narrow and has low clearance,” said Darwin Myers, TxDOT area engineer. “What we’re going to do is go south of there and build an overpass over the railroad tracks and tie it on at each end with Highway 14. It will tie back in south of the existing underpass now.”

All the right-of-way has been purchased for the project, so actual construction should get underway as quickly as mid to late October. It should take about 16 months, but the project won’t affect traffic until the very end when it’s being tied back into the highway, Myers said.

“Most of the work will be off the highway at a new location,” he said. “It won’t be disruptive at all. We’ll have two-lane traffic the entire time.”

The replacement is called for because of the narrow path under the trestle and the low clearance, Myers said.

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