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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.

Beginning Tuesday, April 13, the work zone speed limit on US 59 in Nacogdoches will be lowered and lanes will be closed as crews set a concrete barrier wall in the US 59/SL 224 flyover construction project near Spradley Street.

The speed limit will be lowered to 45 miles per hour from CR 524 to Spradley Street in Nacogdoches. Crews are scheduled to set a temporary concrete barrier wall near the Spradley Street intersection. Daily lane closures should be expected as the barrier wall is set and the intersection will be closed to through traffic. Detours will be in place for local traffic on Spradley Street.

“The concrete barrier will protect motorists from the edge drop-off as well as workers in the area. The lane closures will only be necessary as the concrete barrier is placed. Once it is set, traffic on US 59 will function as normal. However, the speed limit through the work zone and detour routes for Spradley east and west will remain in place,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District.

The $86.1 million construction project includes construction of new US 59 main lanes that will directly connect to SL 224 just south of SH 7 and is being built to interstate standards. The project also includes the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road, and the construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59.

Motorists are urged to reduce speed and stay alert through the project area from SH 7 west on SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street on US 59. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview TX, is serving as contractor for the project that is on schedule to be completed in spring 2023.

For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395. Visit for road conditions/closures statewide. Follow this and other project alerts on Facebook at Texas Department of Transportation (Lufkin) or on Twitter at TxDOT Lufkin.

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