With freezing rain blanketing the region to start the week and snow a distinct possibility Tuesday, Texas Department of Transportation officials moved back the start date of the Loy Lake Road bridge construction project by a week.

With freezing rain blanketing the region to start the week and snow a distinct possibility Tuesday, Texas Department of Transportation officials moved back the start date of the Loy Lake Road bridge construction project by a week.


Crews from Indiana-based Ragle Construction will now have to wait until Feb. 17 before moving in the heavy equipment necessary to begin the bridge widening project — work originally slated for Feb. 10.


"Due to the bad weather the early part of this week, it will push the beginning back somewhat," said TxDOT spokeswoman Becky Ozuna. "We expect surveying to be performed on Thursday and Friday, and possibly the early part of next week if needed."


Ozuna said individuals interested in the development will soon have a new resource available, as the department will provide a project fact sheet to interested parties. The fact sheets will be available next Monday at the Sherman area office, located at 3904 U.S. Highway 75 South.


Ragle project manager Jason Stultz said the delay shouldn’t materially affect the construction timetable, with the bridge scheduled to close to traffic in late March. A best-case scenario would have development wrapped by Christmas.


"We’re going to push it and try and make it happen," said Stultz.