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TxDOT preparing for potential flooding on Hwy 69 construction project, other roads

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

The weather may be overcast in Lufkin as of Friday night, but it doesn’t look like things will stay that way for long.

"We look to be on our toes all weekend long,” said Rhonda Oaks, a Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman. “It right now appears that our major weather will hit Lufkin and the East Texas region Saturday or Sunday."

What does this mean for the US Highway 69 project in northern Lufkin?

"Our construction areas are always a concern; we watch them closely because the soil is usually looser through those areas,” Oaks said.

The maintenance crews will be out monitoring the construction zone as well as other areas that are prone to flood like Frank Street and FM 2497 in Diboll. However, TxDOT urges drivers to use caution.

"Stay alert to our guys who are out working, and we can't stress enough, just to slow down in times of bad weather," Oaks said.

There may also be road closures and detours, but before you hit people hit road, they might want to log onto Drivetexas.org.

 "It’s a live interactive map that will show them lane closures and flooded areas to keep them safe," Oaks said.

What about the construction portion of Highway 69.

"I know they're looking at laying some concrete in there sometime next week,” Oaks said. “I know we'll be delayed until they are able to get in there and do it."

TxDOT stresses it's just as important to construct the highway safely as it is to drive on the highway safely.

"Turn around don't drown,” Oaks said. “That's our motto in a weather event.”

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