TxDOT prepares for Lamar Street reconstruction project

Sweetwater – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will begin a major project to reconstruct 1.3 miles of Lamar Street (US Highway 70-Business) in Sweetwater the first week of September.The project will completely rehabilitate Lamar, which is one of the community’s major streets, from Interstate 20 to Avenue B by rebuilding the road base, laying new asphalt and building concrete intersections to improve drainage. The project also includes new sidewalks, curbs, gutters, retaining walls and upgraded signals.Work will begin just after Labor Day when crews will close the street’s two northbound lanes and channel traffic to one lane in each direction on the west side of the road for part of Lamar Street. To facilitate traffic flow, most work will be completed on one half of the road at a time, starting with intersection work on the east side of the road. The first intersections to be reconstructed will be East Texas and East Arkansas Avenues.Plans also call for sidewalk, curb and other work to be completed as much as possible before making major traffic switches to minimize disruptions to drivers, businesses and residents. The work will be phased to accommodate businesses and residences, as well as school and special event schedules, as much as possible. Work will not take place in front of the school until classes are dismissed next summer.The project is expected to be complete by spring of 2015. Throughout construction, drivers and pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution in the work zone.J.H. Strain and Sons, Inc. of Tye will complete the project for about $6.5 million. Texas Department of TransportationThe Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at www.txdot.gov.