Texas Department of Transportation crews are hard at work on the stretch of Hwy. 135 from the traffic circle to just north of Hwy 31. The project will include planing and repaving of 1.5 miles of roadway. The work is expected to wrap up by August 31, according to the TxDOT website.
Although it may appear workers will be fixing up the traffic circle itself, that project won't begin for another couple of years, according to TxDOT Public Information Officer Kathi White.
“The current project does not include work on the Traffic Circle. A project is set to let in September 2020,” White said in an email.
The project began earlier this summer but is now in full swing. Traffic cones have been set out to direct two lanes traffic down to one. Electronic signs warn drivers of rough roads ahead and the need for reduced speeds.
The most recent update from TxDOT says the project is currently in Phase II of its construction. The project will also include bridge work on the west side of the road. The project will include putting down a hot mix overlay on the road surface, new pavement markings, the installation of a new bridge rail and the installation of a new metal beam guard fence. Overlaying is a process of pouring new hot mix asphalt onto the roadway to patch cracks and holes while creating a new, smooth driving surface. Drivers over the road should notice a far smoother driving experience than the bumpy ride many have become used to.
Delays can be expected throughout the duration of the construction project.
The work on 135 is being performed by Madden Contracting Compay, LLC, based out of Minden, Louisiana. The TxDOT website lists the total cost of the project at $2,405,352.
Information about the project is available by visiting TxDOT.gov and accessing the “Project Tracker” tool, which displays an overview of all roadway projects currently underway in Texas.