The end is in sight for several East Texas street and highway projects

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Anyone who has livedin Houston or the Dallas-Fort Worth area can testify that living aroundconstruction is no fun.

However, don't worry;the end is in sight for some, and others have shown big improvements.

It's something thatEast Texans have started to see more of with projects popping up on state andcity roads. But now, there are signs of completion.

The new NorthBrentwood Drive connecting the Walmart shopping area with the loop is open.

"We were trying toimprove that traffic flow through that shopping center," said Keith Wright,Lufkin's deputy city manager. "The second reason, we were looking at is thepotential development that would take place along that route."

"Getting from here towork and back has been a lot easier," said Lufkin resident Kristen Walden.

Employees in the Palms shopping center see theimprovements as well.

"I feel like theyhave been doing a lot of good to help the flow of traffic and reduce risks forwrecks," Charles Brunner said.

The Brentwood projectisn't the only roadwork being done in the area. On the north side, U.S. Highway59 at the loop and at FM 2021, construction has been holding steady, and crewssay there are no delays and no major closures in the near future.

On Highway 7, officialssay work on the passing lanes and shoulder is coming to a close. Motoristsshould see normal travel conditions by the end of January.

While it might causea headache now, officials say that the added construction should be seen as apositive.

"People see progress,they look at it as a city that's moving forward," Wright said. "That we are notstagnant; that we are not just trying to maintain the status quo."

TxDOT spokeswomanKathi White said that even though there are no planned closures right now,motorists should pay attention to warning signs about upcoming closures.

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