|TxDoT getting ready to redo I-30 to Franklin County|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Aug. 5, 2005 -- Work on a project to resurface Interstate 30 kicked off this week with a pre-construction meeting between Texas Department of Transportation officials and prime contractor APAC-Texas.
The project will begin just west of Loop 301 in Sulphur Springs and will continue to the Franklin County line. The $9.5 million project primarily involves milling off some of the old asphalt, applying a level-up layer, and then applying a “porous friction” surface, according to TxDoT Area Engineer Ernest Teague.
“We consider this to be a moderate reconstruction project,” Teague said. “We will not be removing all of the old pavement and rebuilding from the ground-up.”
The old pavement consists of concrete which was constructed in the 1960s and which was subsequently overlaid with hot-mix asphalt in 1984. A new friction riding surface was placed about 10 years ago, but heavy traffic has taken its toll on that. About an inch and a half of old asphalt will be milled off, on the average, replacing it with a thin layer of asphalt level-up before resurfacing.
The contract calls for the project to be complete in about 18 months, but Teague said APAC is optimistic about finishing well ahead of the scheduled completion date.
“The contractor is hoping to have all the milling and level-up done this fall,” said Teague. “That will give a fairly smooth riding surface for traffic to ride on this winter, though it will not be the final surface. The final resurfacing is a summertime operation, so that layer would likely be placed beginning late next spring. This final ‘porous friction course’ greatly reduces water spray from truck tires while improving tire-to-road friction during rain events.”
During construction, traffic will be narrowed down to one lane during the day while the contractor is working on the road. Both lanes will be opened to traffic at night with “Uneven Lane” and “Rough Road” signs in place to warn motorists of those situations.
Under the current plan, a single lane closure of up to 5 miles could be in place at any one time.
APAC-Texas plans to work on the eastbound side of the interstate first, then turn around and do the other side.
Over the next several weeks, prior to the start of actual construction work, survey crews will be working in the construction area.
Beginning in late August, minor delays can be expected between Sulphur Springs and Mount Vernon.