LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will reconfigure traffic flow on Tuesday at the intersection of Business 59 (South First Street) and the Loop 287 eastbound frontage road.
The existing configuration provides an option for drivers in the right lane to turn left or travel straight through the intersection while vehicles in the left lane must make a left turn. However, traffic patterns in the area have changed significantly because of increased development. The new configuration should accelerate traffic flow, reducing delays, and at the same time, make the intersection safer.
When the project is done, vehicles in the right lane will no longer have an option to turn. That lane will be for through traffic only. Vehicles in the left lane will have an option to turn left or travel straight. New signs, pavement markings and signal heads will be in place to navigate drivers through the intersection safely.
Travelers are urged to obey all posted traffic control signs and use extreme caution. It may take a while for drivers to get used to the changes.
For more information call Kathi White, public information officer, at (936) 633-4395. Or in the TxDOT traffic office: Richard Ivy, traffic systems administrator, at (936) 633-4384 or Herbert Bickley, traffic engineer, at (936) 633-4472.