Southeast Texas Transportation Improvement Projects Update


(Austin, TX) – Throughout Southeast Texas, Hurricane Harvey highlighted the importance of bridges and roads. In Newton and Polk counties, bridges and roads were the paths to refuge and
safety for thousands of Texans.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) completed the project located in Newton County on SH 87, from FM 253, south to Cypress Creek. The project consisted of an overlay

Additionally Polk County saw the completion of two projects. The first consisted of the replacement of bridges and approaches on Upper Leggett Rd. at the tributary of Big Sandy Creek, Jack Pate Rd. at the north and south tributary of McManus Creek and E. Clamon County Rd. at Bear Creek. The final cost of this project was $1,841,393.73. The second project also replaced bridges and approaches at Dick Skinner Rd. at the tributary of the Neches River, Hooks Rd. at the tributary of Bear Creek and Howell Rd. at Paces Creek. This project was completed at a cost of $1,210,067.34. These projects will improve and enhance safety and convenience for the citizens of Southeast Texas.

“I thank Southeast Texans for their continued support of our bridges and roads. Over the last few years, Texas taxpayers have approved constitutional amendments to dedicate their sales tax dollars and revenues for the Rainy Day Fund for bridges and roads in Texas. Without these vital projects, our economic prosperity would not continue to flourish. I thank the staff at TxDOT for prioritizing these projects that help my constituents get to and from work,” said Rep. White. “During this time of disaster recovery, I am thankful to TxDOT for completing projects that maintain our roadways open and facilitate travel throughout the area,” he concluded.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff, or Shawn Dunn, District Director, with questions regarding these projects at 512-463-0490 or 409-283-3700.


Rep. James White
Rep. James White
James White is a Texas State Representative for Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties. He graduated with a doctorate in political science from the University of Houston. White served in the U.S. Army and worked as a public school educator and coach before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During his time as a Representative, White has worked on issues such as taxes, school funding, mental health, and more. He maintains a cattle ranch in Tyler County, attends Hillister Baptist Church, and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Texas Farm Bureau.

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