Highway 75 facelift to close lanes nightly


Yet another road project will begin soon in Madison County, leading to some nightly lane closures for a short time.

According to TxDOT, workers will start re-paving and adjusting the stripe pattern on State Highway 75 on Thursday. The project goes through Madisonville and at the intersection of 75 and Interstate 45, north of town. TxDOT said signal upgrades at Highway 21 and a new signal installation at Collard Street are also planned, as well as other lighting work at I-45 and 75.

The work will consist of lane closures each night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through town for the paving operation.

“The contractor has stated that they desire to finish the project prior to school starting back,” Bobby Colwell, TxDOT public information officer for TxDOT said in an e-mail Monday.

Colwell said the restriping project will convert Highway 75 from a four-lane road in Madisonville to two lanes with a two-way left-turn lane in the middle.

The work adds to a list of nearby roadwork projects that will impact Madison County drivers in coming weeks, months and year.

An overlay of new material and an upgrade of metal beam guard fence on I-45 in Walker County could snarl traffic just south of Madison County until October. A related re-direction of traffic to 75 has slowed traffic to Huntsville along that route.

OSR in Normangee is closed for a “rehabilitation” project that includes replacing and widening five bridges, among other improvements, part of a larger project that will eventually include 14.479 miles of reconstruction and conclude in July 2020.