Planned highway interchange in Nacogdoches requires a city budget amendment

U.S. 59 as it approach into Nacogdoches. A direct connect approaches another phase of...
U.S. 59 as it approach into Nacogdoches. A direct connect approaches another phase of construction.(Source: KTRE)
Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 at 5:49 PM CST
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Planned highway interchange in Nacogdoches requires a city budget amendment

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A highway project in Nacogdoches is designed to improve safety and move traffic. It calls for the construction of a “direct connect” from U.S. 59 South to Loop 224 near Highway 7 West.

There’s not a minute that goes by that vehicles of all types zoom on and off of the highways.

If northbound traffic is caught by the light at Loop 224, everything from transport trucks to private vehicles come to a stop.

That's why a direct connect will be built. It will begin with new lanes three miles south at Old Lufkin Road. They'll connect with overpasses at Spradley Street to meet new frontage roads leading to an eventual flyover at Loop 224 to Highway 7 West.

It won't stop traffic, but it will stop congestion.

“We started this project in April of 2017, so almost two years," is how long assistant city engineer Case Opperman has had the project on his desk. The Texas Department of Transportation’s website has the project dated August, 2015.

On Tuesday, Opperman’s role is to ask city council to amend the budget for the relocation of water and sewer lines.

“We got $3.3 million in the budget right now. This maximum construction cost estimate $3.67 million, so we need an extra $448,000 with a budgeted amendment to be able to sign this agreement with TxDOT,” Opperman said.

The agreement, in the interest of time, has TxDOT bid the project and oversee the relocation.

“We aim not to have any disruption in service,” Oppereman said.

Phase 2 of the massive highway project is expected to get started in June.

“This is a big economic boost. We’re having the biggest highway in the world coming through our town,” Oppereman said.

If motorists do want to pull over for a visit, easy access downtown is in the plan.

The Nacogdoches City Council meeting is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

For more info on the project go to https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/lufkin/us59south-loop224.html

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