TXDOT continues work on Lufkin's northside

TXDOT continues work on Lufkin's northside

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Motorists will see continued progress this week on two major construction projects as TxDOT prepares to change the flow of traffic.

The US 59/Loop 287 construction project will change when Webber Construction, contractor for the project, opens the southbound connector bridge mid-week allowing US 59 southbound traffic to have direct access to Loop 287.

The project, slated for completion in January 2016, is designed to allow traffic on US 59, US 69 and Loop 287 to flow freely through the intersections of U.S. 59 and Loop 287 and will improve vertical clearances at all bridges.

Motorists will also see a traffic switch at the Business 59/North Timberland Drive Angelina & Neches River railroad bridge project. In recent days, traffic was diverted to southbound lanes to allow work on drainage structures on the north side of the bridge. This week, traffic will be switched to northbound lanes to allow for work on the southbound side of the roadway.

The Business 59 project includes replacing the railroad bridge, installation of a temporary bridge and the construction of a new permanent railroad bridge. Plans also include increasing bridge clearance with new pavement, raised islands, storm drains, curb and gutter and sidewalks all a part of the enhancement.

"As construction continues, situations change daily," said Jeremy King, TxDOT US 59/Loop 287 project engineer. "Paying attention to the displayed signs, especially speed limit signs, will greatly improve safety for both the driver and the construction workers."

Motorists are advised to stay alert during these traffic changes, watch for flaggers and be prepared to stop. The advisory speed in some areas is 15 miles per hour while other posted speed limits are set at 45 mph. Fines double while workers are present.