Road projects begin

Construction is underway on two roadway projects: the resurfacing of Hwy. 199 west of FM 51 and the Williams-Ward Road expansion. Photo by Carter Loeffelholz

Construction is underway on two roadway projects: the resurfacing of Hwy. 199 west of FM 51 and the Williams-Ward Road expansion.
Photo by Carter Loeffelholz
BY CHRISTINA DERR
christina@azlenews.net

Two roadway construction projects began in Springtown this week – one of which is already causing major delays.
Drivers traveling on Hwy. 199 west of FM 51 are having to contend with alternating lane closures, flaggers, and pilot cars directing traffic on both westbound and eastbound sides of the roadway.
The disruption stems from the $3 million resurfacing project that runs the nine miles from Hwy. 199’s intersection with FM 51 to the Wise County line.
The current traffic disruptions are scheduled through July 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
However, the entire project is scheduled to take through mid-December to complete.
Williams-Ward Road
Construction on the extension of Williams-Ward Road also began July 9.
The 3,400-linear-foot project will extend the existing road north to Knob Road, giving drivers an eastern alternative to access Hwy. 199 when the construction on FM 51 begins in 2019.
The project is required by contract to be completed by December, but Pct. 1 Commissioner George Conley said he expects it to be finished before then.