It’s definitely summer in Texas. Not only is air acrid and humidity so thick you almost swim in it, but road construction abounds. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a Texas community without some type of road construction — whether on state highways or farm-to-market roads, city streets or county roads —within a stones throw. Construction businesses take advantage of those hot summer months to get as much work done as possible on roads, homes.
In Sulphur Springs alone, College and League streets are both under construction this week, with a big section of College closed a couple of blocks from the square. This street is part of a major rebuilding project that could take a year or more to complete. Work on League Street is progressing quickly, with both lanes graded down requiring very slow travel through the area. Crews will have section of the road from just off the I-30 overpass to Bellview/Tate Street closed to allow for repaving work this week. This street, like Lee Street shouldn’t take too long to complete.
This week, traffic is slow going and at times stalls completely on eastbound I-30 through Sulphur Springs, especially on the Bill Bradford Road overpass due to road construction.
Additional roads within the City of Sulphur Springs scheduled for repairs this summer as part of the annual Street Improvement Plan include:
Texas Department of Transportation for the Sulphur Springs reports the following are scheduled for work this week, June 13-18, 2022, in Hopkins County:
- Lane closures and traffic delays as crews begin surfacing operations on Interstate 30 from Loop 301 to the Franklin County line.
- Lane closures and short delays as crews begin upgrading cross drainage structures on FM 1536 from State Highway 19 to FM 71.
- Lane closures and short delays as crews perform surfacing operations on FM 3389 from I- 30 to FM 1567.
As improvements are being made, motorists are reminded to slow down, exhibit caution and make a conscious effort to watch for road workers and stopped or slow-moving vehicles while traveling in construction zones. Not only is it the law, but by doing so, you help save lives, as well as potential vehicle damages, fines and possibly even time in jail someone is injured or killed in a crash.
Those who can are recommended to avoid these stretches of roadway by finding alternate routes of travel.
The week of July 6, 2022, work to create a four-way stop at the intersection of FM 69 and State Highway 11 in Como, Texas, is scheduled to begin.
TxDOT will place stop signs necessary to convert this intersection to a four-way stop in all directions, officials said. Advance warning signs and message boards will be placed near this intersection soon. The work to install the stop signs at this intersection should begin on July 6, weather permitting.
Motorists who frequently travel in this area are asked to pay special attention to all barricades, traffic controls and signs, and to reduce their speed as they approach and travel through work zones. They should also be prepared to encounter rough pavement and brief traffic delays, and should avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems.