LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Motorists need to be aware that the Texas Department of Transportation and the contractor on the construction project at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Loop 287 on the north side of Lufkin will be moving traffic to a portion of a newly built roadway on Wednesday.
According to a press release, southbound traffic on U.S. 59 will be switched to the new Union Pacific railroad overpass starting Wednesday morning. Initially, only one lane of traffic will be open. However, the other lane is expected to be operational next week.
"Traffic will be moved to the new lanes after 8 a.m. once the morning rush hour traffic dissipates," said Kathi White, a TxDOT spokesperson. "It should be a smooth transition but we need motorists to be alert and use extra caution as the change takes place - to slow down and pay attention as they make their way through the work zone."
The construction work on the U.S. Highway 59 and Loop 287 is being handled by Webber, LLC.
As construction progresses, TxDOT encourages drivers to plan ahead allowing extra time or using alternate routes to reach their destinations. Caution is advised when traveling through this and all work zones. Motorists are also reminded to obey all traffic control devices and to remember that traffic fines double when workers are present.
On the south side of Lufkin, TxDOT have blocked the northbound overpass of U.S. 59 that allows people to merge on to Loop 287. Both lanes of traffic are blocked.
White said TxDOT workers are sweeping the overpass and conducting maintenance on it. She said the work should be completed by approximately 5 p.m.
Motorists should try to find alternate route or plan ahead for possible travel delays. White said that travelers can stay on South First Street and turn right under the overpass to get onto Loop 287.