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TxDOT officials urge caution as US 59 project in Lufkin moves closer to completion

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
For the past couple of months, US 59 at Loop 287 has looked like a war zone to drivers. 

Navigating through the major artery has been quite challenging as the highway undergoes a massive multi-million dollar transformation. TxDOT spokesperson Kathi White said workers have been diligently working to make things easier for drivers.

"What we are trying to do right now is get the main lanes reopened, and so hopefully, that could be open by the end of the week, and it will connect in to the new 59 main lanes north bound," White said.

Next week, motorists will still see road closure signs and bull dozers along the freeway.

"The beams were delivered yesterday to complete the southbound bridge, and we are hoping to open that in the near future," White said.

White said, luckily, weather has not slowed down any of their work and the project is still on track to be completed by October 2015.

“This is step one in the project,” White said.

It’s phase one of a bigger picture. White said there are several ideas on the table to further expand but no funding has been issued.

Meanwhile, the safety concern during this project still remains.

"The main thing is to slow down. There is a lot going on here. There is heavy equipment. There is a lot of things affecting traffic and we just want people to be aware of that and pay attention,” White said.

White said Thursday US 59 westbound at loop 287 will be reduced to one lane as worker try to wrap up and open that section.

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