|TxDoT rebuilding service road along with I-30|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Aug. 10, 2005 -- By the end of next summer, it should be smooth sailing east of Sulphur Springs on Interstate 30, but it will be a bit of a bumpy ride getting there.
A project to rebuild Interstate 30 from Sulphur Springs to the Franklin County line will be accompanied by a second contract to reconstruct the south service road of I-30, according to Ernest Teague, Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer.
“The 7.8 mile section of the south service road from just east of Loop 301 to the Weaver turnoff has developed some serious rutting problems over the last few years and has become difficult for local maintenance forces to maintain,” Teague said.
D.L. Lennon, Inc., a Commerce contractor, was awarded the project with a low bid of $2.26 million. The contract calls for shoulders to be bladed back and the old roadway base reshaped and new base material added. The new riding surface on the service road will be about four feet wider than it is now, increasing the width of the travel lanes from 10 feet to 12 feet on each side.
Although 200 working days have been allowed for the job, the contractor optimistically hopes to have most of the work complete by year’s end, through the first application of asphalt and gravel. The second layer calls for a harder asphalt which requires warm weather placement, so that final layer will be added next summer.
With the two projects under way at the same time, Teague said the work will require close coordination with the contractor rebuilding I-30, APAC Texas Inc.
“We have two good local contractors who have worked together in similar situations before, so we are not anticipating any unusual difficulties managing both projects at the same time,” the engineer said. “Work on both projects is expected to be complete by the end of next summer.”