US 79 to be Resurfaced in Northeast Panola County

Contact: Marcus Sandifer

Phone: (903) 799-1306

Date: May 30, 2019

A section of US 79 northeast of Carthage will receive a new riding surface and a change in traffic control this year according to plans approved in May by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“We will be resurfacing a 9.1-mile section of the highway from Farm to Market Road 31 to the Louisiana State Line,” said Ray Brady, area engineer for TxDOT in Marshall. “We will also be restriping the roadway to make it into a super two-lane highway to improve safety and traffic flow. This means one direction will have two lanes of traffic for a distance while the opposing traffic will have one lane. The two will then switch, with one having a single traffic lane and the opposing traffic have two."

“There will also be a continuous left-turn lane between opposing traffic and will provide a safe location for motorists to sit while they wait for traffic to clear before making their turn,” Brady said. “And, left-turn lanes will be added to the intersection at State Line Road in Bethany.”

Madden Contracting Company of Minden, La., was awarded the contract for the construction project with a bid of $4.6 million.

"Work on the project should begin in July and take about four months to complete," Brady said.


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