Construction on

Tyler streets complete

Construction on the drainage system on Old Bullard Road from Timberwilde Drive to Rice Road, which has disrupted traffic in that area of Tyler in recent months, is complete, according to a news release from the city.

The contractor has completed the installation of three additional 5-foot by 3-foot concrete box culverts under Old Bullard Road, as well as new curb inlets and channel improvements immediately upstream, the city said.

Construction began in May and was scheduled to continue through late-September.

Southbound traffic on Old Bullard Road remained open during construction, but was reduced to one lane.

Northbound traffic was rerouted along Rice Road to Richmond Road and to Timberwilde Drive during the work.

— Staff Reports

Construction underway

on CR 168 near Owens

Traffic on County Road 168 is down to one lane, with a pilot car helping direct traffic near Owens Elementary School, where a construction project is in progress.

The project includes widening 3.5 miles of the roadway, replacing a box culvert and widening the turn lanes in front of Tyler ISD’s Owens Elementary School.

Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said work began Monday. The contractor, Texana Land and Asphalt Inc., is grinding up the road base and doing a cement treatment.

Paving is expected to begin next week.

The project will be done in two phases. The first phase will focus on the portion of road in front of Owen Elementary School and is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 16, before school starts.

The contractor will have two additional months to complete the rest of the project.

— Staff Reports

Smith County, Troup team up to improve streets

Smith County Road and Bridge Department crews have started preparation work for a project aimed at improving Smith County and city of Troup roads.

According to a news release from the county, an interlocal agreement was recently approved by the Smith County Commissioners Court and Troup City Council.

Smith County Road and Bridge crews will be reshaping and overlaying County Road 2185, which turns into Troup’s County Line Road. The two roads are to be improved at the same time, according to the news release from the county.

The county said paving is expected to begin next week.

Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said the county will also pave North and South Church streets and Pascal Road in Troup.

The county said the city of Troup will pay it for materials and labor for the improvements done to its roads.

— LouAnna Campbell

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