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Changes coming to intersection of F.M. 2021 and Hwy 59

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Many motorists and residents in the Redland area consider the intersection of F.M. 2021 and

U.S. Highway 59 to be one of the most dangerous in Angelina County, but soon, the dangers will hopefully go away once construction on a new bridge overpass is complete.

Mangled cars have become too familiar of a scene at the intersection.

"Safety is one of our top priorities and this is one of those locations that has been hit hard, and you have some fatalities and some pretty bad locations at this location," said Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesperson, Kathi White.

That is why TxDOT is now one step closer to making the intersection safer.

TxDOT has announced awarding of a contract to Webber, LLC, to build a bridge to pass 2021 over 59.

The 1.3 mile project will cost $18.8 million, taking 25 months to complete, but residents of the area who have seen wrecks believe this will help.

Most of them seem to be because of that intersection and when they build that bridge I think it will help. I think it is going to cut down," said area resident Katie Counts.

Department of Public Safety troopers who work the scenes also agree with residents.

"The changes that are made, I would think are to increase traffic safety," said DPS Spokesperson, David Hendry.

This new construction project will begin at the same time construction at 59 and the loop will be going on, which means being patient and being alert is key.

"Along with the projects we are trying to accomplish along with the safety and mobility. We also need the motorist to do their part. We need them to slow down and pay attention," said White.

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