An open house and public hearing is scheduled in the Lufkin District on Dec. 13, 2018 from 4 pm – 7 pm at the Ellen Trout Zoo Education Center, Jaguar Room, 402 Zoo Circle in Lufkin.

The purpose of the event is to gather public input on the proposed upgrade to US 59 (future I-69) in Redland. Updated maps will be on display for public viewing from 4 pm – 5:45 pm with the public hearing scheduled to begin at 6 pm. The event will be a come and go format and TxDOT officials will be available to answer questions and speak one-on-one with the public. The formal hearing will include a presentation and a comment period.

An open house for this future construction project was held on June 27, 2017 and since then, district officials have further developed the schematic design and environmental study.

“We took the comments and feedback from the public that we received at the last open house to further develop and enhance the schematic design on this project,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We urge the public to stop by and view the latest designs and hear the presentation at the public hearing. We welcome all comments and suggestions.”

The proposed project will include the construction of frontage roads and the reconstruction of US 59 main lanes in order to meet interstate standards for future potential designation as I-69. The project is designed to  improve safety, enhance mobility and provide a more efficient hurricane evacuation route.

Proposed construction is tentatively scheduled to begin summer 2022 and should be completed in summer 2025. For more information, visit For special accommodations, call (936) 633-4395 or email