LUFKIN, TX - Construction projects in the Lufkin District are ongoing as weather allows with plans for an upcoming weekend closure on BU 59 at the A&NR Railroad Bridge.
Plans include switching train traffic to the newly constructed bridge next week, weather permitting, and a road closure on Aug. 27-28 is scheduled in order to remove the temporary bridge. Paving the northbound lanes of BU 59/North Timberland Drive near the railroad bridge is also continuing.
The $11.4 million construction project includes increasing the width of the roadway, lowering the roadway for better clearance beneath the railroad underpass and constructing sidewalks, curb and gutter, a raised median between north and southbound lanes and constructing a new railroad bridge. Austin Bridge & Road Services is the contractor for the project.
"We are excited to see this construction project nearing completion in coming months," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "The removal of the bridge that was installed for temporary train traffic while the new bridge was under construction will require BU 59 to be closed next weekend, weather permitting. We want motorists to plan ahead for this closure. Detour options and signs will be in place. The work should be completed during the weekend and the roadway open during the work week."