TxDOT will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 14, in the Shepherd High School Cafeteria, 1 Pirates Lane, Shepherd, TX, to present planned improvements on US 59 and receive public comments on the proposed project.

Schematics for the project will be available for review from 4-6 pm with the Public Hearing beginning at 6 pm. The purpose of this hearing is to present the planned improvements and receive public comments on the proposed project. The US 59 Shepherd-Cleveland upgrade will include constructing frontage roads and overpasses from FM 2914 south of Shepherd in San Jacinto County to just south of SL 573 in Cleveland in Liberty County, TX.

The proposed 6.62 mile project will upgrade this section of US 59 to interstate standards by constructing northbound and southbound frontage roads each with two 12-foot lanes and reconstructing the main lanes of US 59 to include two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction with a median barrier. The project will also call for controlled access to the freeway, meaning access to the main lanes would be allowed only by entrance and exit ramps. The project also includes two overpasses with U-turns at Red Road and just south of the San Jacinto/Liberty County line.

More information regarding the project can be found at www.txdot.gov using the keyword search “US 59 Shepherd-Cleveland.” Any general questions regarding the US 59 upgrade can be directed to Jennifer Adams, I-69 Project Manager at (936) 633-4469 or at Jennifer.Adams@txdot.gov.


Rhonda Oaks
Rhonda Oaks
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.