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Hwy. 141-Mathis close to complete
Work to wrap by end of week
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Truck drivers Reggie Nelson, left, and Kory Carter chat Tuesday while waiting to haul dirt from a section of Hwy. 141 north of Mathis Airport Road. - photo by Jim Dean (previous profile)

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Construction is coming to a close along a portion of Hwy. 141.

By week’s end, work at the Hwy. 141-Mathis Airport Road crossing should be complete, according to officials with the state Department of Transportation.

The busy intersection is one of many being improved along a 6.5-mile stretch of Hwy. 141.

The $50.7 million road-widening project, which began in 2006, was originally scheduled to be complete in July 2009.

With the opening of the Mathis Airport intersection, the project will be about 82 percent complete.

That will also put it about two months ahead of schedule toward the new Dec. 31 deadline.

C.W. Matthews Contracting Inc. is the project’s prime contractor.

According to the DOT, crews are finishing work that includes paving the intersection, striping Mathis Airport Road and completing details on signs, traffic signal loops and timing.

Randall Davis, DOT district construction engineer, cautioned motorists traveling through the area.

“Please slow down and pay attention as these changes occur,” Davis said in a statement. “Thank you for your patience as we work to upgrade the road network in the area.”