Roadwork recently began in the Longview area and should be finished by the end of fall. The projects include: U.S. 259 (Eastman Road) between IH-20 and U.S. 80 (Marshall Avenue), U.S. 80 between the Spur 63/SH 31 split, and the Harrison County Line.

The projects were made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA. The 4-mi project on U.S. 259 calls for removing the old pavement, repairing base failures, applying a seal coat, and then topping the roads with fresh hot mix.

The 3-mi project on U.S. 80 will be completed in 1-mi sections. The projects represent two out of the nine awarded to the Tyler District through the ARRA, which granted the Tyler District nearly $20 million to repair and resurface highways in the eight counties that the district serves. Each of the nine projects was scheduled to begin construction in July.