“We are looking at installing texturized strips to centerline areas of these highways to help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes,” said Rebecca Wells, interim district traffic engineer for TxDOT in Atlanta.
“The texturized strips are grooves milled into the pavement that make noise when vehicle tires run over them. Some strips will be milled into the pavement and other sections, with shallower paving, will have a thick raised thermoplastic paint process applied to the pavement markings which also creates better visibility during rainy weather. It alerts drivers that they are getting out of their traffic lane.”
The roadway projects were awarded in two contracts to two different contractors, each submitting the low bid on the project.
Highways scheduled to receive the improvements in the first contract are:
• U.S. 271 from Hwy. 154 to the Gregg County line, 12.6 miles.
• Hwy. 154 from FM 726 north to U.S. 259, 3.1 miles.
• Hwy. 154 from FM 852 to: FM 1002, 10.1 miles.
Stripe-a-Zone, Inc. of Grand Prairie was awarded the contract for the construction on these projects with a low bid of $909,556.
Work on these highways should begin in May of this year and take about seven months to complete, Wells said.
Highways scheduled to receive the improvements in the second contract are:
• U.S. 259 from FM 557 to Gregg County line, 16.7 miles.
• Hwy. 155 from Marion County line to Old Coffeeville Road, 16.1 miles.
• Hwy. 155 from U.S 271 to FM 1002, 11 miles.
Striping Technology of Tyler, Tex. was awarded the contract for the construction on these projects with a low bid of $1.7 million.
Work on these highways should begin in May of this year and take about a year to complete, Ms. Wells said.