Closures Planned on SL 287/Moffett Expansion Project

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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.

LUFKIN – For the first time since construction began in February, the construction at the US 59/SL 287 expansion project at Moffett/SH 103 East in Lufkin will impact traffic patterns.

Motorists should prepare for shoulder and lane closures on Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the southbound lanes of US 59. The closure will require US 69 and US 59 to merge to the inside left lane for approximately 2000 feet beginning north of the bridge at Moffett Road. Motorists should expect delays through this area until scheduled work is completed.

Crews will continue construction of a retaining wall, widening the roadway with new main lanes, and construction of a crash wall on the north and south sides of the A&NR Railroad tracks. Drainage structures and driveway work is ongoing. The frontage road to Kit McConnico Park will continue to be closed intermittently.

“This is a high traffic area for motorists traveling US 59 to and from Nacogdoches and US 69,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “In addition, there is normally heavy truck traffic. We want motorists to reduce speed, stay alert and pack some extra patience through this area on Monday and Tuesday. The closure is necessary to continue construction.”

Longview Bridge and Road Ltd., Longview TX, is serving as contractor for the $19.3 million construction project that was designed and is being constructed to meet interstate standards. The project includes reconstructing main lanes and constructing two north and southbound frontage roads from the US 59/SL 287 overpass at A&NR Railroad and continue from Moffett Road to SH 103 East/Atkinson Drive. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2023, weather permitting.

This project is dedicated to improving safety, enhancing mobility and providing system connectivity on US 59/SL 287 from SH 103 East (Atkinson Drive) to just south of FM 2021. Motorists are urged to stay alert and obey all traffic control in place through this work zone.

For more information, contact, Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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