Six miles of OSR to close Monday

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A six-mile section of OSR will close Monday until November as construction on the road begins.

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Transportation, drivers will be forced to make a large detour on the OSR section just west of Normangee, from Spur 3 to FM 1452.

Construction on the entire 15-mile project will be completed by July 31, 2020.

“The OSR full closure will impact westbound and eastbound through traffic. Access for local property owners and permanent residences will be maintained at all times during the construction project,” the release from TxDOT said.

According to TxDOT, eastbound traffic on OSR will be rerouted from the road to FM 1452 to FM 39 before heading north back to OSR. Westbound traffic will take the reverse route, south on FM 39 to FM 1452. OSR will be open from FM 39 to Spur 3 and will have access to the public school from OSR.

TxDOT requests drivers reduce speed and maintain safe traveling distances between vehicles throughout the detour.

“To alert drivers to the lane closures and detours, changeable message signs will be placed near the westbound lanes of OSR beginning about a week before the closures. The speed limit is reduced to 65 MPH throughout the limits of the project,” the agency said in the news release.

TxDOT said during the estimated two-year project, lane closure and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity. The $17 million dollar project is contracted to Knife River Corp.

Bismarck, N.D.-based Knife River is a unit of MDU Resources Group, Inc., also of Bismarck.

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