Saturday, November 26, 2022

Summer road closure on tap

Old Alton Road between FM 2181/Teasley and Copper Canyon Road will be closed due to reconstruction beginning Wednesday, June 9th, according to Pct. #4 Commissioner Andy Eads.

“This section is being constructed during the summer because the majority of students are out for summer, and there is less activity along the roadway,” said Eads.

“Our plan is to expedite construction by temporarily closing the road completely and allowing the contractor to work six days per week. The road is scheduled to be open by the first day of school.”

Improvements slated for the roadway include removing the existing 20-foot asphalt road and constructing a 24-foot wide concrete roadway, replacing a dangerous curve, smoothing out other curves, raising the roadway in the floodplain, improving the drainage throughout the project, and pavement striping.

“This should minimize the numerous road closures that happen each year along this stretch of roadway due to flooding.”

Detour signs will be put into place during the work to alert motorists of the changes, and updates will be posted on Eads’ website:

“The detour will be well-marked with electric signs and will go from FM 2181 to Hickory Creek Road to FM 1830 to Hickory Hill Road, and end at Copper Canyon Road – about a ten minute detour.”

The summer project is at the north end of a larger project to reconstruct Copper Canyon Road from FM 407 to FM 2181.

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