|Weather delays start of SH 19 expansion|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Jan. 13, 2005 -- The start of construction on a project to expand and improve State Highway 19 between Interstate 30 and Airport Road has been delayed due to wet ground and rainy conditions, according to Ernest Teague, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Teague said work probably will begin in March.
The project will widen the highway to a five-lane section, similar to South Broadway Street and State Highway154 on the south side of Sulphur Springs, but will be somewhat wider.
The project will also include a concrete surface from the interstate to the intersection with Main Street. The new construction will add some safety features, including some paved shoulders that will enable mail carriers to drop off their mail without staying in the traffic lanes.
The state will be extending right-of-way lines along the highway between Main Street and Airport Road. The right-of-way on the segment between I-30 and Main Street is already about 120 feet.
In the interim, Teague said, TxDoT work crews will be working in the area preparing for the start of construction. Other projects on the drawing table for 2005 include work to resurface Interstate 30 from Sulphur Springs to the Franklin County line. Also, along I-30 east, the state is planning a complete reconstruction of the south service road from Rock Creek to the Weaver exit at U.S. Highway 67.
Work is also being planned for State Highway 11 east that will involve a complete rebuilding of the roadway.
The initial section will start in the area of Wal-Mart and extend to the FM 1870 intersection and will include the addition of turn lanes at Martin Springs, Rose Hill Addition and county road intersections. The main need, however, is to rebuild the old roadbed.