Texas Department of Transportation officials announced that work to rehabilitate and widen FM 2648 in Lamar County will begin Aug. 13.

The contractor, A.K. Gillis & Sons, Inc., was granted 208 working days to complete this project valued at more than $4 million. The target date for completion is summer 2019, weather permitting, officials said.

The contractor will widen and rehabilitate the existing roadway, extend cross drainage structures and add safety end treatments to those structures. According to officials, access to adjacent property will be maintained while this work is underway.

The roadway will be left open to traffic at all times, but temporary, one-way daytime lane closures will be necessary at times. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic when these closures occur, officials said.

Motorists who frequently travel on FM 2648 and adjacent roads 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.