LUFKIN – Two pre-construction meetings were held recently, signaling new construction projects beginning in San Augustine and Nacogdoches counties.
Work has begun on FM 711 in San Augustine County that will include the reconstruction and widening of pavement to 24-foot from the Shelby County line to US 96. Crews are preparing right of ways and extending culverts.
Drewery Construction, Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor for the $5.2 million project that will restore about 11.3 miles of FM 711. Funding for this project is designated as Category 1- Preventative Maintenance and Rehabilitation. No timeline for completion has been set.
Work is also scheduled to begin next week on FM 95 in Nacogdoches County for replacing the bridge and approaches at Terrapin Creek.
Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, will serve as contractor for the $1.1 million project. No timeline for completion has been set.
As these construction projects begin, motorists are urged to reduce speed in work areas and stay alert to workers and moving equipment. Texas law requires that motorists must vacate the lane closest to the road work, if another lane is available for traveling in the same direction, or reduce speed 20 mph below the posted speed limit when another lane is not available. Traffic fines double when workers are present.
For more information regarding projects and closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information about projects in the Lufkin District, 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.