NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A portion of State Highway 21, between Nacogdoches and San Augustine, is being improved by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The inconvenience placed on motorists should soon be replaced with a safer and wider highway.
TxDOT crews are widening Highway 21. Motorists aren't moving as fast as they would prefer. In Melrose, travel is restricted to one lane in parts. Two-way traffic is utilizing the westbound lane, shoulder, and temporary pavement.
The Melrose Water Department sits yards from the construction, but fewer customers are showing up to pay their bill.
"There was probably about a two foot drop off there during the week and we had some that called and said they would be in at a later date to pay their bill, things like that," said Payton Andrews, the director of the Melrose Water Department.
In the long run, the $7.9 million-dollar project is designed to provide wider and safer lanes.
Highway crews have been working on this stretch near Melrose all year long. They hope to have the job completed by October.
The improvements are expected to enhance regional tourism between San Augustine and Nacogdoches.
"We've been very involved with San Augustine for several years," said Sarah, the Nacogdoches Main Street director. "We're excited they're part of the main street program, and I think it's great they're improving highway 21 so we can better connect to main street communities."
The state has a plan to preserve the road's history, without sacrificing the need for modern and safe travel.