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Tyler, Texas 75702
Email: Casey Murphy
Smith County Road Report
The Smith County Road and Bridge Department is urging residents to report any county road wash outs or trees down from last week’s storms.
Smith County Engineer Frank Davis reported to the Commissioners Court Tuesday that road crews have found road wash outs this week that had been unreported from last week’s heavy rains. People had reportedly been driving around the damaged road, through the ditch, he added.
“Please let us know of any wash outs or trees in the roads,” Davis said, adding that residents should not assume they have already been reported. He also cautioned drivers to never drive when there is water over the road because the road could be unstable.
While giving his monthly report on road bond projects, Davis said recent rains have delayed some of their progress. However, the county is meeting, or exceeding, its goals for the year on road bond projects.
“I could not be happier with the progress of the road bond,” Commissioner Jeff Warr said.
In April, 4.1 miles of road had received asphalt overlays by Road and Bridge crews.
The county has about 16 miles of road improvements under contract, and he expected the projects to be completed this summer.
Davis said some road projects could be moved up on the road bond schedule because they have worsened due to the heavy rains throughout the last few months. Because of competitive bids on road projects this year, the county could have funds left over to add more road work to this fiscal year, he added.
The entire list of the two phase, six-year road plan, including when road projects are planned, can be found at https://www.smith-county.com/i-want-to/view/county-road-projects.
So far in year one of Phase I, through April, 42.127 miles of asphalt overlay projects have been completed by Road and Bridge crews. Contracted projects include 8.75 miles of road improvements completed and 15.97 miles under construction.
CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES
County Road 2171 (Willingham Road) will be closed for about four months beginning Thursday, May 16, 2019, for a bridge replacement. East Texas Bridge, Inc., under contract with the Texas Department of Transportation, will be replacing the existing bridge structure with a new box culvert structure, located just south of the Whitehouse city limits. Work on this project is anticipated to last about four months, depending upon weather, Davis said. This project is part of the Federal Off-System Bridge Program administered through TxDOT.
County Roads 2186, 26, 247 and 1133 remain closed because of wash outs and culvert damages. Road and Bridge crews are working to repair the roads. Drivers need to seek alternative routes until they are reopened.
To report road damage or trees down, call the Road and Bridge Department at 903-590-4801.