I-69 open house meetings planned for this week

From TxDOT

LUFKIN, TX - Open house events will provide the public an opportunity to get the latest information and provide input on the proposed development of I-69 through Angelina and Nacogdoches counties. Citizens will also get to talk with members of the committee charged with making recommendations that will move the development forward.

The I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Committee will host the first of two open houses from 4 -7 p.m., Monday, March 25 at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center. A second event is set for 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

An I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Scoping Study is considering two options for improving U.S. 59 to Interstate standards with the eventual goal of designating and signing U.S. 59 as I-69. The two options are as follows:

• One option - the U.S. 59 Upgrade Option - is to upgrade the existing U.S. 59 roadway and add capacity to meet present and future needs.

• Another option - the New Location Option - is to build relief routes around Nacogdoches and Lufkin.

The new interstate is being developed in Texas to relieve traffic congestion caused by a growing population, provide safer travel through the state, improve emergency evacuation routes, and support economic development in the region.

Attendees at the open houses will be able to view maps and exhibits displayed for public review. They will also get to provide written comments and participate in the I-69 study survey. Comments and surveys are being accepted through April 30, 2013.

The public can get involved now by visiting www.txdot.gov/drivenbytexans/us59.htm

to offer feedback on the two options being considered; taking the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/I-69AngandNac; or by calling (936) 633-4469 to request a comment form to complete and return by mail.