Highway intersection temporarily closed for construction

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, July 26, 2014

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The intersection of U.S. 81/287 and Business U.S. 287 on the south side of Decatur will be closed for approximately eight weeks, starting Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Transportation issued a press release that stated the intersection would be closed starting July 29 for reconstruction of the north tie-in of Business U.S. 287 to U.S. 81/287.

Northbound motorists on U.S. 81/287, traveling to Business U.S. 287, will detour to exit Farm Road 730 South to College Street. Motorists will turn right, traveling north on College and will turn right on Hale Street, traveling east to U.S. Business 287.

Motorists on Business U.S. 287 traveling to U.S. 81/287 will travel the same route but in the opposite direction to arrive at the highway.

Ultimately, this $12.1 million project will construct a diamond interchange that will provide a four-lane grade separation of U.S. 81/287 over U.S. Business 287 South. Two-lane service roads for local access will also extend from just north of U.S. Business 81 South to Farm Road 2264. Entrance/exit ramps on both the east and west sides of U.S. 81/287 will be constructed.

The service road will provide an extension of Farm Road 2264 northward to U.S. Business 287 South, which will operate as a two-way roadway. All other service roads will continue to operate as one-way.

The project is slated for completion in the fall of 2015.

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