New businesses causing headaches for Lufkin drivers

New businesses causing headaches for Lufkin drivers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Everywhere you look, businesses seem to be popping up all over Lufkin.

All the new traffic seems to be a good thing for the economy. However, it may not be as good a thing for drivers.

Shelby James works in the shopping center located at Whitehouse and Daniel McCall in front of Walmart.

This intersection has recently seen a number of new businesses set up shop, but she said now drivers are paying the price.

"So today my car got hit for the second time in two months. I think it was because this parking lot is so busy and congested," said James.

City of Lufkin Engineer Chuck Walker said Lufkin is unique in its set up.

"During the day, Lufkin doubles or almost triples in size," said Walker. "Then at night it goes back to 30,000 people."

This is something James has noticed; she said sometimes traffic can be overwhelming.

"Lufkin is growing like crazy. Something needs to be done about the roads," James said.

Walker said most of the traffic goes in patterns. The city also takes into consideration things like traffic before a business can be built, and they monitor heavily traveled areas in town. However, the real solution might be in the future of the city's layout.

"Later on, if Texas Department of Transportation decides to expand 59 South, they may add additional access to the feeders," Walker said.

Walker said in the coming weeks, traffic might increase as more people head into town to do holiday shopping. He said the best way to deal with the congestion is to look for alternative routes and to be patient.

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