ROAD ADVISORIES: Lufkin motorists navigating around several major projects

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin is tackling some major road projects this summer, beginning with Sayers Street.

Road crews are working in sections to give Sayers Street a facelift and get it back to prime condition.

It will be a temporary inconvenience for motorists who like to travel the major corridor that connects Abney and Kurth Drive.

"We're replacing all the utilities, the water, the sewer, the storm's going to be a curbed and guttered street.  It'll be 27 feet wide, basically the width of the road now," said Chuck Walker, Public Utilities Director, Lufkin City Engineer.

The asphalt road should be re-conditioned and back fully accessible to all traffic by December.

Next on the list is Fuller Springs Drive.  Beginning in two weeks, Fuller Springs Drive, in front of Slack Elementary School, will be closed to all traffic, except residents who live across from the school.

It will be widened from two lanes to three lanes and will be forty feet wide.

"We're repairing 4,600 linear feet of road, with curbs and gutters, and replacing the sewer, water, and storm sewer," Walker said.  Crews are focusing on the section in front of Slack Elementary School first.

"We've had lots of issues with school traffic because of high enrollment at Slack and now the addition of Burley Elementary.  By widening the road and giving it a turn lane, it should tremendously help the traffic flow," Walker said.

The Fuller Springs road project should be complete and re-opened by the time school starts in the fall.

The city is also about 50-percent complete on its Old Moffett Road project near Kit McConnico Park.  They will begin laying the second course of asphalt next week.

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