SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A portion of Old Omen Road in Smith County, also known as CR 285, will be closed for less than two months this summer for a bridge replacement, officials said. responsible.
During construction, the portion of CR 285 near the intersection with Lake Meadows Road (CR 2215) at FM 848 will be closed to traffic.
On Monday, June 13, the bridge near the Prairie Creek Park area will be closed. The 22-foot-wide concrete bridge will be demolished and replaced with a 30-foot all-concrete bridge, according to Smith County officials.
“We will have a wider roadway and a bridge when we finish this project,” county engineer Frank Davis said.
The bridge serves the east side of Lake Tyler East. The detour around Lake Tyler will be about 16 miles, officials say.
“We know this will be an ordeal for many people traveling in the Lake Tyler area, but we thought now was the best time to rebuild this much needed bridge,” Davis said.
The project is being carried out while schools are closed for the summer and the area serves the school districts of Chapel Hill, Arp and Whitehouse.
Message boards in the area have been placed to alert drivers of the detour. The construction project is part of the Smith County Road and Bridge Bond program and is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.
Once the bridge construction project is complete, roadwork to CR 285 will begin, but the road will be open during that construction, Davis said. This project will include approximately 5.7 miles of CR 285, as well as CR 2274 and 2275, for a total of 8.5 miles.
It will be the longest stretch of road upgraded under the Road and Bridge Bond program at present, he said. The road works will include the grinding of the existing pavement, its treatment with cement, its widening to 27 feet and the asphalt surfacing. This project will be the subject of a call for tenders this summer.
The contractor for the bridge project is Stateline Construction LLC.
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