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U.S. 380 work in county “pretty much complete”

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012

BUILDING BRIDGES – The beams for the Texas 114 bridge over Farm Road 51, west of Boyd, were set last Thursday. Bridges are also being built on Farm Road 2123 near Cottondale and Farm Road 1655 in Alvord. Submitted photo

With one of the most highly-anticipated projects “pretty much complete,” local Texas Department of Transportation construction crews remain busy building bridges across the county.

The expansion of U.S. 380 east to the Denton County line is in its “cleanup” phase, and TxDOT area engineer Bill Nelson said crews could “put a bow on it and uncover speed limit signs” by as early as the end of the week.

Perhaps the largest project in the county is the installation of a bridge structure at Texas 114 over Farm Road 51 south, west of Boyd.

The contractor, Lane Construction out of Roanoke, set beams for the bridge last Thursday.

“Drivers can now get an idea what the new bridge will look like,” Nelson said.

The project is scheduled for completion “right after the first of the year.”

Just a few miles southwest, crews are installing a bridge at Cottonwood Creek on Farm Road 2123, between FM 51 and Cottondale.

Traffic was moved onto the partial new bridge structure at Cottonwood and Salt Creeks two weeks ago. Construction of the second halves of both bridges is slated for completion after the first of the year.

Crews are also installing a new bridge across Brushy and Sandy creeks on Farm Road 1655, west of Alvord.

“Traffic is currently driving on the completed first phase of the new bridge (completed last week), and the contractor, Coppell Construction of Saint Jo, is currently setting beams for the second phase,” Nelson said.

That construction is scheduled to be complete early next year.

The Decatur-based office is also managing the expansion of 380 in Denton County.

“Drivers have seen a lot of dirt work going on,” Nelson said.

Crews hope to start preparing for paving in the coming weeks. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014. But Nelson noted that some utility issues have not been resolved, and that could impact the schedule.

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