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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.

Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $450.3 million in new construction projects statewide, with more than $3.8 million approved for new construction in the Lufkin District.

More than $1.4 million was earmarked for various roadway improvements through the nine-county Lufkin District that will consist of profile pavement markings.

Also approved by commissioners was a $1.4 million bridge replacement project in San Augustine County. The new bridge and approaches will be constructed on FM 2558 at Little Owl Creek. No timeline for completion has been set.

Houston County was also approved for a $862,803.10 bridge replacement project that will include removal and construction of the bridges on CR 2245 at Big Elkhart Creek and on CR 3365 at Tantabogue Creek. No timeline for completion has been set.

Pre-construction meetings will be held soon to determine start dates for these projects. As they begin, motorists should remain alert for signage and possible road closures. Obey all traffic control in place and reduce speed near all work zones.

For more information regarding closures and conditions statewide, visit For more information on these and other Lufkin District projects, contact or call (936) 633-4395.

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