Highway 69 expansion progressing in Wells

Highway 69 expansion progressing in Wells
Progress is underway on a 30-year construction project on Highway 69 in the City of Wells.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Progress is underway on construction on Highway 69 in the City of Wells.

Highway 69 expansion progressing in Wells

The Texas Department of Transportation says the contractor has moved traffic on the southbound lanes and the construction company is beginning to work on the northbound lanes. Southbound lane construction is finished.

For some residents the long-term project has been a nuisance.

“It’s a lot harder to come through town get off where you need to go, traffic backing up. When we go to Nacogdoches we just cut across and don’t even come through here,” said Jame Johnson, a resident. “Cause it’s taking so long. We’re talking three miles, four years, ridiculous,” Johnson said.

After the holidays, crews will resume widening lanes. They are soon scheduled to begin removing the pavement on the east side of the road.

“I hope when they make this the four-lane that people will understand that they need to go a little bit slower still that that’s four lanes.” said Amy Allen, a visitor to the town.

Drivers can expect lane closures and delays. TxDOT said the project as been 30 years in the making to execute. The existing two-lane roadway through Wells will transform into a four-lane divided curb and gutter section with a continuous left turn lane.

The agency says weather conditions and relocating utilities caused the project delays.

The $17.6 million project is expected to be finished by next fall.

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