Lower Speed Limit to be Set Through Work Zone

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Motorists traveling US 69 South between Huntington and Zavalla in Angelina County will see lower speed limit signs placed next week indicating new work zone speed limits.
From Huntington to near Zavalla, the speed limit will be reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph through the work zone. In Zavalla, the speed limit will drop from 55 mph to 45 mph through the work zone. This $59.7 million project is designed to widen the roadway from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway from FM 844 to FM 1270, south of the city of Zavalla. The project is scheduled for completion in August, 2022.

“We want motorists to slow down in all of our work zones for obvious safety reasons,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. “This is a big construction project with lots of truck traffic and we want the public to be aware and prepare to slow down. The lower speed limits will be enforceable as soon as the signs are placed.”
For information about construction projects and road closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. Local schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. Work schedules in the Lufkin District for

Oct. 15-19 include:
ANGELINA COUNTY
US 69 South: Crews will continue dirt work for the northbound main lanes on the north end of the project near FM 844. Drainage structures will continue to be installed and drill shafts placed for the wetland bridges. Dirt work in Zavalla will also continue for the overpass. Lower work zone speed limit signs will be placed through the project. Motorists should stay alert to truck traffic entering and exiting the roadway.
US 69 South: Crews will be repairing road base in various locations between Lufkin and Huntington.
US 59 South: Crews will be milling the southbound lanes and shoulders as night work continues on this project designed to resurface the roadway. Motorists should remain alert to the reduced speed limit through the work zone from Whitehouse Drive to FM 2497.
FM 324: Work is scheduled to continue installing safety end treatments at driveways on this project designed to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from just south of SH 94 to US 59. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 841: Crews are waiting for the prime surface to cure at this bridge replacement project at Biloxi Creek. The roadway remains closed until project completion.
FM 842: Crews are scheduled to repair pavement edges, patch potholes and apply herbicide in various locations.
Robinson Road: Crews are working to drill foundation shafts for the new bridge over Gilliland Creek. Motorists should follow the detour around the bridge closure.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
SH 21: Work will continue to upgrade metal guardrail and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line and in Sabine County from the San Augustine County line to FM 3448. Motorists should expect daily lane closures.
FM 95: Crews will continue to place riprap at Terrapin Creek on this project designed to replace the bridge and approaches.
FM 226: Crews are scheduled to place sod on this project designed to upgrade metal beam guard fence and safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to the end of pavement.
FM 1638: Work will continue to safety treat fixed objects from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224. Daily lane closures expected.

POLK COUNTY
FM 350 North: Crews are working to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects and are scheduled to continue work on culvert headwalls. In San Jacinto County, FM 1725 from SH 150 to the Liberty County line, work is scheduled to place safety end treatments. Motorists should prepare for lane closures.
FM 3277: Crews are scheduled to straighten and replace signs and repair potholes in various locations.
CR/Holly Grove at Menard Creek: Crews are expected to complete the bridge slab by the end of the week on this bridge replacement project.

SAN JACINTO COUNTY
US 59: Crews will continue to upgrade guardrail to design standards and in various locations.
FM 224: Crews will begin work to improve guardrail to design standards from SH 156 North to SH 156 South.
FM 946 North: Crews are scheduled to level the roadway and spot seal in various locations.
Various locations: Work is scheduled to remove debris, repair signs, potholes and mailboxes.
Various locations: Crews are scheduled to begin repairs on guardrail, bridges and culverts. Motorists should expect lane closures through the work zones.

TRINITY COUNTY
FM 2262: Crews will work on intersection tie-ins, driveways and metal beam guard fence throughout this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 357 to SH 94.
FM 355: Crews are scheduled to level up the pavement and repair edges in various locations.

HOUSTON COUNTY
US 287 South: Edge work repair is scheduled in various locations.
SH 21 East: Crews will be repairing edges in various locations.
SH 21 West: Crews are priming the base coat on this project designed to reconstruct pavement and add passing lanes from 2.32 miles east of FM 296 to SH 7.
SH 19: Crews are scheduled to work on cross culverts and continue safety treating fixed objects through this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from 1.6 miles north of FM 231 to the Trinity County line.
FM 232: Work is scheduled to level up, repair base and edges in various locations.
FM 227: Work is scheduled to repair slopes, ditches and wash-outs from recent rains on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to SH 7.
FM 2967: Contractors are scheduled to work on driveways and ditches on this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 132 to SH 21. A pilot car is in use with one lane of traffic.
CR 2245: Work is planned to backfill the approaches and build the approaches on this project designed to replace the bridge and approaches at Big Elkhart Creek. The road is closed to through traffic.

SHELBY COUNTY
US 96: Placement of hot mix asphalt is scheduled from US 84 to SH 87. This is a slow-moving work zone with flaggers and alternating lane closures.
SH 87: Crews are scheduled to place sod through the work zone on this project to upgrade metal beam guard fence and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147 and in Sabine County from the San Augustine County line to FM 1.
CR 4789: Crews are working to set flex base for the bridge replacement at the tributary of Blackwater Creek.

SABINE COUNTY
US 96: Crews are scheduled to repair base in various locations.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
SH 21: Crews are scheduled to complete the striping and apply vegetation at Venado Creek and Perkins Creek where bridges and approaches have been replaced.
SH 21: Work is scheduled to place vegetation at this bridge replacement project at Niciper Creek.
SH 103: Crews are scheduled to mill and inlay the roadway from FM 1992 to FM 705. Motorists should expect delays through the area.
FM 711: Crews are scheduled to prime the roadway and driveways on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the surface from the Shelby County line to US 96.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

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