City, state dignitaries celebrate groundbreaking for Nacogdoches I-69 flyover project

City, state dignitaries celebrate groundbreaking for Nacogdoches I-69 flyover project

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - By the length of the groundbreaking lineup, it appeared no one was left out of celebrating the Nacogdoches flyover startup, certainly not Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, the chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation.

“There is about $400-million dollars committed by the state over the next 4-6 years along this route in this area of Texas,” said Nichols.

The 4-lane connector from Spradley Street to Highway 7 west, several overpasses, and access roads are costing over 86 million dollars. The Interstate-69 readiness project will join the 200 miles of I-69 already opened.

Representative Travis Clardy calls the project a 'great economic engine'.

“I think we’ve already seen so much interest from business, looking to relocate here, come here, start expanding businesses," said Clardy.

Inquiries are getting ahead of the curve by years.

{Shannon Ramos/TxDot Lufkin District of Construction-"Longview Bridge and Road will be the general contractor and this project is scheduled to be completed in about 4 years, that’s of course, with weather permitting," said Shannon Ramos, Director of Construction for the Lufkin TxDOT district.

TxDot Nacogdoches Area Engineer, Matt Brazil tells motorists not to expect lane closures for a while.

“Right now we don’t anticipate any lane closures or anything like that in Phase 1 and that’s going to be approximately a year or so.”

Nacogdoches residents Lester and Diana Kimble live blocks from the road construction. They're not concerned.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Diana.

Lester, now retired from the trucking industry a former trucking industry said, “We think it’s going to be great. You’re going to cut down on traffic. All the thru traffic will go right on thru.”

South of Nacogdoches, upcoming relief routes for Diboll and Corrigan will move traffic along. And north, a similar flyover at Highway 59 at 259 is on the TxDot drawing board with proposed construction starting by 2025.

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