Business 59 To Reopen To Traffic At Railroad Bridge

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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.

Vehicles will be allowed beginning Friday to travel on BU 59 beneath the A&NR railroad bridge that is still under construction.

Two lanes will be open Friday for inbound and outbound traffic as work continues to replace the bridge and rehabilitate the roadway. The vertical clearance is 17 feet. As permanent beams are hung and the bridge completed, the clearance is expected to increase slightly.

Motorists should be alert to the detour, watch for detour signs as lanes of travel will be marked with signage and orange barrels and cones.

“There will still be a lot of work going on in and near this project,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer with the Lufkin District. “Motorists who have been detouring around North Timberland Drive will welcome the two-lane limited traffic pattern again, but we are urging drivers to be cautious and reduce their speed as we continue to work toward completion.”

Austin Bridge and Road Services, contractors for the $11.3 million Lufkin construction project, is replacing the railroad bridge that spans BU 59 near SL 287 and reconstructing BU 59 beneath. The project is expected to be completed late this year, weather permitting.

Motorists can expect nearby traffic signals to continue in a red flashing mode, signaling a four-way stop until the project nears completion. The posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour, but motorists could see advisory speed messages urging lower speed limits until work is completed. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.

For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.

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