The Texas Department of Transportation Lufkin District will host an Open House from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Corrigan-Camden High School, 504 S. Home Street. The event is scheduled to allow the public the opportunity to view the proposed alignment and submit comments regarding the US 59 Corrigan Relief Route (future I-69).

The event will allow the public to view the updated maps and exhibits in a come and go format with TxDOT officials available to answer questions and explain the project development process.

The Open House is the second to be held since the Texas Transportation Commission awarded $5 million in 2012 for project development services related to the development of I-69 in Polk County.

In 2008, the commission created the I-69 Advisory and five segment committees to gather input into the planning of I-69 in Texas. The Segment Two Advisory Committee identified a relief route in Polk County within the top five priority projects for future development. In 2014, TxDOT held an Open House to gather input for alternative routes around Corrigan.

The proposed relief route includes new US 59 northbound and southbound lanes with controlled access; entrance and exit ramps around newly constructed overpasses along the new US 59 roadway at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing, US 287 and Union Springs Road. The relief route will be designed to meet interstate standards, promote public safety, improve emergency evacuations and support economic development.

TxDOT will use the public input to begin developing the engineering schematic and environmental studies, which is expected to be complete in approximately 18 months. Once the schematic and environmental studies are approved, TxDOT will begin right-of-way mapping and acquisitions for the relief route.