Resurfacing work to begin on South Broadway, SH 19

From Staff Reports

August 15, 2008 - Highway construction teams will begin working next week to lay down new pavement surfaces on two high-traffic roadways in Hopkins County, according to Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Ernest Teague.

One project will involve the half-mile stretch of road between Interstate 30 and Wal-Mart Supercenter, which carries one of the highest levels of vehicle traffic in all of Sulphur Springs. That work, however, will be done during nighttime hours to avoid traffic delays.

The second project will cover about 10 miles of State Highway 19 south of the city, but that work will be done during daytime hours, meaning motorists can expect some delays.

The state highway department awarded the resurfacing contract of just over $1 million to Ballou Construction Co. of Salina, Kan.

The new surface will consist of two layers, a typical asphalt and gravel seal coat followed by a smoother "microsurface."

The seal will be applied to South Broadway Street, from Interstate 30 south to the traffic signal at the Wal-Mart intersection, on Monday night and Tuesday night, when traffic is a bit lighter.

Work crews are then scheduled to move to SH 19 and will place the seal from the intersection of the State Highway 11 extension (currently under construction) south to the Rains County line. That operation will be accomplished during daytime hours.

After a few days of curing time, the microsurface crew will move in and repeat the sequence, with the South Broadway Street operation again being performed at night.

Both operations are fairly fast-moving and should impose minimum interruption to traffic, according to Teague, but there will be some slow-down, especially on SH 19.

"Highway 19 motorists might expect 10-minute delays due to one-way traffic control around each surfacing operation," Teague said. "Just be prepared to wait and follow the pilot car around the work zone."

The area engineer is hopeful that all work will be completed by the end of August, but delays in material deliveries could affect the timeline of the project.

"TxDOT advises that rock delivery from suppliers to all highway projects in the area has been running a little late recently, so this may affect project completion a bit," Teague said.

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