LUFKIN – Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $779.3 million in construction projects statewide, and included more than $101.5 million in new construction projects for the nine-county Lufkin District.
Nacogdoches County was approved for an $86.2 million construction project on US 59 that includes the construction of new US 59 main lanes that will directly connect to SL 224 just south of SH 7. The project funding also includes the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road, and the construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59. The direct connector bridges are designed to meet interstate standards. Limits for the project are from SH 7 west on SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street on US 59. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.
Angelina County was approved for two construction projects including a $3.6 million construction project located on FM 326 from SH 103 to US 69. Existing pavement will be reconstructed and the pavement widened. Pinto Construction Co., Inc., Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.
A $2.1 million construction project was approved on SH 103 East at the Angelina River Bridge/Lake Sam Rayburn to repair erosion at abutments caused by high water. Stateline Construction, LLC, Quitman, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.
Houston County was approved for a $1.3 construction project on FM 227. The work will be located at San Pedro Creek and will include the construction of a new bridge and approaches. A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., Buffalo, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.
San Augustine County was approved for a $1.1 million bridge replacement project that will include locations on CR 205 at Black Creek, CR 313 at Ayish Bayou, and CR 141 at Palo Gaucho Bayou. The project includes the construction of new bridges and approaches. Stateline Construction LLC, Quitman, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.
Polk County was approved for a $1.6 million bridge replacement project that will include locations on Nettles Cemetery Road at Beech Creek, Segno Fire Lane at Double Branch, Segno Fire Lane at Big Sandy Tributary, and County Line Road at Hickory Creek. This project will include the construction of new bridges and approaches at each location. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.
A $5.3 million sidewalk construction project was approved for Angelina, Nacogdoches and Polk counties and is designed to add pedestrian sidewalks and curb ramps to the pedestrian infrastructure. Locations in Angelina County include: East Denman Avenue from SL 287 to South Chestnut Drive, and Timberland Drive from East Denman Avenue to South Chestnut. Nacogdoches County locations include BU 59 from East Austin Street to SL 224/Stallings Drive; FM 1878/East Starr Avenue from Garner Street to FM 1275/University Drive. Polk County locations include FM 356 from US 190 to just south of Old Groveton Road, and on both sides of FM 3459 from Ponderosa Drive to Onalaska Junior High/High School. Encino Landscape, Inc., Cleveland, will serve as contractor for the project. A timeline for completion has not been set.
As these projects begin, motorists are urged to obey all traffic control and reduce speed through TxDOT work zones. Road closures and conditions may be viewed at drivetexas.org.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
- Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.