Crews contracted by the Texas Department of Transportation will begin an $8.2 million improvement project to widen and repave FM 691 in Grayson County starting next week.


The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and will extend along FM 691 from the intersection of Loy Lake Road and FM 131 to the southbound service road of U.S. Highway 75.


Crews will regrade, repave and widen FM 691 into a four-lane, undivided roadway with a center, two-way left turn lane. The project also is set to include the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of FM 691 and Loy Lake Road. Safety treatments will be installed to fixed objects along the thoroughfare beginning a half-mile west of FM 1417 to the intersection of FM 691 and Loy Lake Road.


“Motorists who regularly travel in this area may encounter occasional temporary lane closures while this work is underway,” TxDOT said in an emailed statement. “They are asked to pay special attention to all signs, barricades and traffic controls, and reduce their speed as they approach and travel cautiously through work zones. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems.”


Contractor JAGOE-Public Company of Denton has been granted 268 working days to finish the project, but weather may affect the completion date.


TxDOT Public Information Officer Tim McAlavy previously explained bad weather rarely adds just a day to a project.


“Bad weather for us is generally rain and it kind of depends on what part of the project and what stage it’s in,” McAlavy said. “It can rain for half a day, but make a site unpassable for equipment for a week, depending on how much rain falls. It’s not a day for day thing.”