Major changes planned next week on U.S. 59 Project

LUFKIN, TX - The traveling public can expect some major changes and delays next week when driving through the U.S. 59 South Near Term Project in Lufkin.

There is also good news about another portion of the project. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, major work is scheduled for the U.S. 59 mainlanes starting Monday.  Delays can be expected when the southbound lanes are reduced to one lane for work at the intersection of U.S. 59 and the eastbound frontage road.  This work will take about a week to complete.

On Tuesday, all northbound U.S. 59 traffic will be routed onto the newly constructed frontage road just past the Whitehouse/Daniel McCall Drive Bridge. This will remain in effect until further notice. Inclement weather could change the scheduled work.

The following are updates on other areas of the project.

Whitehouse/Daniel McCall Drive Bridge:

  • Work is winding down.
  • The new traffic signals are now fully operational
  • Southbound U-turn lane is open
  • Northbound U-turn is expected to open in the next few days
  • Minor construction to be completed on main bridge with little impact on traffic

Tulane Drive Bridge:

  • Loop 287 shuts down on Tuesday as the contractor prepares to switch traffic
  • Night time operation 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Move westbound traffic to the north wall
  • Eastbound traffic moves to the center lane of Loop 287
  • This will allow the same work conducted on the northbound side of Tulane Bridge to be done on the southbound side

Eastbound Frontage Road:

  • Delays can be expected next week as construction continues in the area

TxDOT urges motorists to continue to exhibit patience and to use caution when traveling through this and all construction zones. Motorists should also watch for and obey detour signs designed to help them drive through the work zones. Remember traffic fines double when workers are present.