NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The preliminary stages of a flyover construction project in Nacogdoches have been completed, according to a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Lufkin District spokesperson Rhonda Oaks.
U.S. 59 motorists can look to the east at U.S. 59, just south of Loop 224, and catch a glimpse of the cleared path for the Nacogdoches direct connect.
“What motorists are seeing now is the clearing from north of Spradley to U.S. 59,” said Oaks. “This week we have completed preparing the right of ways along this path, as well as our drainage structures."
In addition, bridge pilings for the flyover are being erected.
“Which is exciting, as they'll be able to see those going up as well," said Oaks.
The relocation of underground utilities is not so visible. Nacogdoches City Council is expected to name an inspection firm Tuesday night that will work in collaboration with TxDot on the utility aspect.
“Try to get all that implemented and built to our standards and built correctly, so I think it's a good team effort and we're supplying those inspectors," explained city engineer, Steve Bartlett.
Engineering on the direct connect, including a flyover, will be up to interstate standards in anticipation of I-69.
Nacogdoches City Council is also considering to adopt the Federal and State priorities of the Alliance of I-69 Texas for the year 2020. The annual adoption gives the City an opportunity to declare the Federal and State priorities are priorities of the City.
The cost of the project is a little more than $86.1-million and the project should take close to 4 years to complete.
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