The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 9, 2013

TxDOT: Crockett Road resurfacing project nearing completion

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Texas Department of Transportation officials reported Monday that work on Crockett Road is progressing quickly.

The regularly scheduled resurfacing project on Crockett Road, or U.S. 287/Texas 19, began June 24 and stretches from Reagan Street to Loop 256 on Monday.

“The good news is we’re looking to be done a week from Wednesday, maybe even sooner,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Larry Krantz said.

Daytime lane closures will continue to be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic, according to project officials. Loose gravel may be present for several days, so motorists are urged to use caution when traveling along the roadway.

TxDOT officials are reminding drivers to be especially careful while driving through construction zones. Fines for moving violations in work zones can be as high as $400.

TxDOT’s website reports in 2012, there were 16,687 crashes in roadway construction and maintenance zones in Texas, resulting in 134 fatalities.

“The two leading causes of work zone crashes are excessive speed and the failure to remain alert while driving,” the site states. “As a result, two in five work zone crashes is a rear-end collision.”

State officials said the project cost about $800,000.