LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Many motorists andresidents in the Redland area consider the intersection of F.M. 2021 and
U.S. Highway 59 to be oneof the most dangerous in Angelina County, but soon, the dangers will hopefullygo away once construction on a new bridge overpass is complete.
Mangled cars have become toofamiliar of a scene at the intersection.
"Safety is one of ourtop priorities and this is one of those locations that has been hit hard, andyou have some fatalities and some pretty bad locations at this location," saidTexas Department of Public Safety Spokesperson, Kathi White.
That is why TxDOT is nowone step closer to making the intersection safer.
TxDOT has announced awardingof a contract to Webber, LLC, to build a bridge to pass 2021 over 59.
The 1.3 mile project willcost $18.8 million, taking 25 months to complete, but residents of the area whohave seen wrecks believe this will help.
Most of them seem to bebecause of that intersection and when they build that bridge I think it willhelp. I think it is going to cut down," said area resident Katie Counts.
Department of PublicSafety troopers who work the scenes also agree with residents.
"The changes that aremade, I would think are to increase traffic safety," said DPS Spokesperson,David Hendry.
This new constructionproject will begin at the same time construction at 59 and the loop will begoing on, which means being patient and being alert is key.
"Along with theprojects we are trying to accomplish along with the safety and mobility. Wealso need the motorist to do their part. We need them to slow down and payattention," said White.