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Home News-Telegram News Public meeting set Aug. 18 to discuss safety improvements on SH 154 South

Public meeting set Aug. 18 to discuss safety improvements on SH 154 South

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Rumors are a bit like road construction — once they get started, it seems like they never go away.

But rumors about proposed work on State Highway 15 south of Sulphur Springs should be laid to rest next week when the state highway department holds an informal meeting in the Seymore community.

Highway officials plan to discuss Phase III of a planned construction project on SH 156 south in an area from around FM 1567 to a site near the Seymore Cemetery. Work on that project will probably begin early next year, weather permitting.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker, who will likely be in attendance, said the point of the meeting is to open up lines of communication between the citizens who live on SH 154 and government officials.

“It’s a non-confrontational meeting,” the county commissioner said. “It’s just to keep everybody informed, to keep us all moving together on the same page.”

The Texas Department of Transportation will host the public meeting next Tuesday, Aug. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Seymore Church of Christ, located on SH 154 about 7.5 miles south of Sulphur Springs on the east side of the road.

Among those expected to be on hand for the meeting are Paris District Engineer Bobby Littlefield, a native of Hopkins County who says he is very familiar with the road  and the issues the highway department needs to address. Also scheduled to appear is Area Engineer Craig Miser, who recently replaced longtime engineer Earnest Teague, who has been reassigned to a different office.

Both of the state highway officials will attend to address questions and concerns regarding construction along the section of State Highway 154 between FM 1567 west and FM 1567 east.  The project will include the construction of a center turn lane, two “through-lanes” and two shoulders.  Construction will also require the extension and replacement of some cross drainage structures and driveway work in which temporary easements will be used. The total project length will be 1.5 miles.

Wisenbaker said the contract for the work will probably go out for bids in November or December.

After Phase III is completed, Wisenbaker said, highway planners should begin looking at changes to SH 154 further to the north near Shook’s Chapel.

The point is not how quickly the highway department does the work, the county commissioner said, but to get the word out that TxDoT is moving forward with improvements.

“This lets everybody know that this is still going  to get done,” she said.

 

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