LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - TXDOT will be closing some lanes on U.S. 59 southbound this weekend. Repairs will be made starting Saturday at 11 p.m. to the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge just north of Loop 287.
Spokesperson Kathi White says the repairs are to fix areas of the bridge that were recently struck by several trucks. Those southbound lanes will be closed until Monday at 6 a.m.
Loop 287 eastbound will also be reduced to one lane at FM 3439 and Spence Street. White says the closures will cause traffic jams for those trying to get to the Texas State Forest Festival on Sunday.
"Traffic will be a little tight so we ask that people who are attending the Forest Festival on Sunday to really look out and be careful because the southbound will be closed—both lanes will be closed," White said.
White says there will be message boards all over the highway to let traffic know about the construction and the diversions. She says the message boards will be placed well in advance.
Road work is also still going strong on U.S. Highway 59 and the north loop. But starting next week, crews will begin to pour concrete from the UPRR Bridge south to Spence Street.
Crews will also be pouring concrete from the Moffett overpass to connect the bridges.
White says the lack of rain has helped contractors get more work done on the project.
"The construction is actually going quite well. You know rain hasn't really been an issue. I know we need rain, but it hasn't really been an issue for the project, so things are able to move right along," White said.