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Sections of I-20 and U.S. 79 to be resurfaced

By Special to the News Messenger
Nov. 17, 2011 at 10 p.m.

A section of Interstate 20 in Harrison County and a section of US 79 in Panola County will receive a new riding surface next year according to plans approved in November by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

"We will be resurfacing a 16.9-mile section of the westbound lanes of I-20 from the Gregg County Line in Longview to 0.5 mile west of SH 43 near Marshall. We will also be resurfacing a 4.8-mile section of US 79 from SH 31 in DeBerry to 0.9 mile south of FM 9," said Steve Juneau, area engineer for TxDOT in Marshall. "Some of the old pavement will be removed, repairs made to the underlying materials and then the entire roadway will be repaved on I-20. On US 79 the roadway will be leveled up and repaved."

Madden Contracting Company, Inc. of Minden, La., was awarded the contract for the two construction projects with a low bid of $10.6 million. The two projects were combined into one contract in order to lower the overall cost of both.

Work on the projects should begin in April and take about six months to complete, Juneau said.



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