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Northeast Times | November 26, 2022

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SH 26 Reconstruction Project – Update

SH 26 Reconstruction Project – Update

We continue to meet with TxDOT and the contractor on a weekly basis regarding the SH 26 reconstruction project. There is a sense of urgency from all involved now regarding the completion of the work underway at SH 26 and John McCain.

For questions on the SH 26 reconstruction project, contact us at

The traffic signal at SH 26 and John McCain has been fixed. However, a uniformed officer will continue to be stationed there during peak morning and afternoon hours until we’re certain there will be no further malfunctions. The officer is there to intervene only if the signal should malfunction or there is a significant backup, so the officer will remain in his vehicle unless the signal malfunctions. Now that the signal is functioning properly, it will move traffic much more effectively on its own. TxDOT is incurring the expense for the officers’ time.

Traffic flow should begin to improve next week when the center gap between the northbound and southbound lanes is eliminated from just west of Longwood through the John McCain intersection to the west end of the project, making the southbound lanes adjacent to the northbound lanes. The contractors will be performing the traffic shift starting Thursday, Sept. 11, continuing into the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 12. As part of the work, John McCain will be right in/right out until 4:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, meaning no left turn from northbound SH 26 and no left turn to northbound SH 26. Upon completion of the night’s activities, John McCain will be configured to one lane in each direction and the dedicated right turn lane will be removed, and John McCain will still have full access to northbound and southbound SH 26. We expect this one-lane-in-each-direction configuration to remain in place through approximately November.

Water utility contractors will be boring this week on the northbound side of SH 26 just north of Brown Trail. No lane closures are expected on SH 26 due to this work.

Gas line contractors will be boring lines this week on SH 26 from Tarrant to Industrial Boulevard. No lane closures on SH 26 are expected due to this work.

Electrical utility line relocation will take place this week on SH 26 just south of Thompson Terrace. No lane closures are expected due to this work.

As you know, plans can change with construction projects due to weather, scheduling and other issues. Please know we’ll do our very best to provide you the most accurate information possible.