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Site work under way at three capital projects
Polk County Enterprise - August 2009
LIVINGSTON – Poised to grow, Livingston and Polk County have several big construction projects going on. Work has begun on Livingston’s new high school, the county jail expansion and the design and planning phase is nearly complete for the new county judicial center. Although dirtwork has begun on the new high school project, the groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 20. Those wishing to attend are invited to park in the First United Methodist church parking lot on Hwy. 190 just west of FM 350 South. A shuttle bus will ferry attendees to the job site for the ceremony from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The school project is expected to be completed in late 2011 or early 2012. The county jail expansion is expected to take between 14 to 18 months to complete.
That project is in the early stages of development and work is expected to be completed near the end of 2010 or early in 2011. The visible has not yet begun on the new judicial center to be located on the vacant lot across from the courthouse. There had been some right-of-way issues to iron out with the City of Livingston, but that easement was granted at the last session of city council in July. Once completed, the new facility will have temporary confinement facilities for inmates awaiting trial and it will house the new courtrooms and offices. The existing courthouse has served the county for nearly a hundred years and is too small for its current needs. Commissioners Court meets on the third floor, and there are two courtrooms on the second floor and a third much smaller room in the basement. Visitors must go all the way to the basement to find public restroom facilities. TxDOT has already completed several road improvement projects in the area and it has a few more scheduled to start before Thanksgiving. In August, crews from Angel Brothers Enterprises will begin to resurface Hwy. 59 from the overpass in front of Livingston Junior High School to the overpass just north of Moscow. This project is expected to last about 17 days and cover just over 13 miles of highway. The Longview Bridge & Road company will be working on FM 942 replacing a few bridges beginning in August.
There are no expected road closures but there will be some detours while some of the work is being performed. The bridge over Long King Creek is one of the bridges included in the project as well as the bridges over Barnett Creek and Mud Creek. Darryl Dincans, a TxDOT representative in the area, said the new bridges will be “wider and better.” Downtown Livingston will see some stimulus money put to work beginning in late August or early September. Crews will be doing a mill and inlay from Hwy. 190, in front of the courthouse, south to Garner street. The project will be worked during the day so you can expect to see some congestion if you drive through that area. In late September or October a microsurfacing project will begin on the northbound lanes of Hwy. 59 just south of Shepherd from the railroad crossing south to the Liberty County line. A second phase of this same project will include the northbound lanes from FM 1127 to the Trinity River bridge in Urbana.