The days of few and far between parking spaces, narrow roads, and crowded streets in downtown Lufkin are gone. Now, most streets are one-ways.
The changes include Second and Third streets, as well as Lufkin, Shepherd, and Burke avenues. First Street will remain a two-way.
City engineer Debbie Fitzgerald said, "That is actually a state-maintained road. During the project, we were given the authority to do the construction on it, but it will remain a two-way as per TxDOT requirements."
City engineers made the changes to improve downtown driving, but this isn't the first time the conversion has been made.
"Through a process, it was changed back to two-ways. So, we're just going back to the way that it was originally. This should help, certainly with the additional parking spaces that are available now. It makes it much safer; more clearance between the vehicles going through the streets."
The entire downtown construction project started more than a year ago. Bad weather and soil issues put workers behind schedule by about five months. The roads were completely rebuilt; including wider lanes, new water and sewer lines, new sidewalks, and lighting.
The downtown construction project cost the City of Lufkin more than six million dollars.