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Work on County Road 2123 to begin later this month

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, January 12, 2013

Minimal impact is expected while crews repair and expand Farm Road 2123 in the southwest portion of the county later this month.

Work will begin Jan. 21 on the approximately 13-mile stretch of the road from Texas 114, south of the Trinity River in Bridgeport, to its intersection with County Road 3355, also known as School House Road, in Cottondale.

The project – which includes grading, base coat, widening drainage structures, stabilizing and paving – is projected to take 224 working days, with a completion date late next November.

“Weather could affect the very last stage because sealing a roadway requires good temperature,” Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Bill Nelson said.

Ed Bell Construction, which was awarded the $4.9-million contract, will be working on 2,000-foot segments at a time.

Flaggers will direct traffic through these sections.

“They will be stopping traffic at both ends because they’ll be working one-half of the roadway,” Nelson said. “The (affected area) will move every couple of days. Because the work area is not going to be very long, the traffic delay shouldn’t be very long either.”

After existing drainage structures are widened, crews will expand the road bed, which will be stabilized with cement. That will be covered in asphalt.

“We’ll get all the way down to Cottondale, then we’ll put a second asphalt surface on the whole project,” Nelson said. “There will be times when traffic will be driving on raw road base. But that should be for minimal amounts of time.”

ROAD WORK AHEAD — Work to expand and repair a 13-mile stretch of Farm Road 2123 from Texas 114 in Bridgeport to County Road 3355, also known as School House Road in Cottondale, is to begin Jan. 21. Crews will work on 2,000-foot sections at a time, and traffic will be delayed and guided by flaggers. The project is expected to be completed by late November.

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