TxDOT Traffic Update – 9:00 p.m.

        Stranded motorists top priority for TxDOT

        Traffic flow continually improving


The Texas Department of Transportation is still working to deliver fuel and evacuate stranded motorists across East Texas.

TxDOT has spent the last 36 to 48 hours providing fuel to motorists stranded on highways and in parking lots of grocery stores and other businesses as they flee Hurricane Rita’s path. While the traffic flow has improved greatly on all major highways in the East Texas area, emergency officials are still warning local motorists to stay put and be prepared as Hurricane Rita is fast approaching.

Traffic conditions are as follows:

        U.S. 59: Traffic flow is good in both the northbound and southbound lanes.  TxDOT and other emergency officials are evacuating motorists who have run out of gas in Corrigan and Livingston.  In Nacogdoches, traffic flow is steady.

        U.S. 69: Little to no congestion. Stranded motorists are being assisted.

        U.S 96: Steady flow.

TxDOT and other agencies are now preparing for the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. However, motorists in need of assistance can call the TxDOT Emergency Operations Center at (936) 633-4326.

Source:  TxDOT Lufkin Office. Contact:  Kathi White, (936) 633-4395