LUFKIN – A lane closure is planned next week on SL 287 near a busy Lufkin on-ramp that will have traffic slowed or stopped during peak travel hours.

The work is planned near a new apartment construction site on SL 287 West for August 15 through August 19. The southbound outside lane will be closed near the access ramp at Feagin/Southwood Drive beginning at Southwood Drive and including the overpass. The on-ramp will remain open, and motorists are urged to yield to oncoming traffic in the single lane. Reduce speed and expect delays near the Southwood Drive overpass.

“This is a very busy section of roadway and the access ramp from Southwood Drive headed south toward US 59 will be affected also. Although it will remain open, merging into the single lane will require drivers to stay alert,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin public information officer. “This driveway construction is being done by outside contractors constructing the apartments. TxDOT will monitor traffic and the safety of the closure throughout the week.”

Motorists are urged to stay alert and obey all traffic control in place. Stay alert for yielding, merging, or stopped vehicles. Motorists are urged to allow additional travel time or take alternate routes throughout the week.

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

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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.