LUFKIN – A portion of FM 2609/Austin Street in Nacogdoches will be closed beginning Thursday for about two weeks as utility companies relocate lines ahead of a construction project that will widen the roadway.
The eastbound lane of traffic from North Street to Raguet Street will be closed daily from 8:30 am through 6 pm so that heavy equipment, bucket trucks and drilling equipment can maneuver safely as utility lines are relocated. There will be signage in place to alert motorists of the closing.
The work is planned ahead of the construction project that will include widening the existing pavement with two 11-foot travel lanes and two 14-foot shared use lanes to accommodate both vehicles and cyclists. Six-foot sidewalks will also be constructed on both sides of the roadway with curb ramps. A traffic signal is also planned at the intersection of Raguet and Austin streets.
This project, once completed, will relieve congestion and improve east/west traffic flow, as well as accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. Crews have completed right-of-way clearing for the project so that utilities can now be relocated.
As utility crews work in the area, motorists are urged to stay alert to moving equipment, obey signage and reduce speed.
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.