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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.

Crews have scheduled night work to begin on Nov. 23 and continue the week of Nov. 29, to begin placing beams across US 59 in Nacogdoches.

The US 59 expansion/flyover construction project will progress to night work for several nights so that crews can place overhead concrete beams across the roadway. Traffic during these night hours will be redirected into north or southbound lanes. Motorists are urged to stay alert for changing traffic patterns.

Beam placement at SL 224 and Old Lufkin Road is continuing during daytime work hours with scheduled closures and Egret at SL 224 will be closed from Nov. 22 through Nov. 24. In addition, traffic will be moved into a single lane with traffic control set at East Mockingbird Lane through Nov. 24th. Motorists are being urged to stay alert for detour and directional signage or flaggers in place through these areas. The closures are necessary for the placement of bridge features.

“This project is moving along on schedule and we are at about 55-percent of overall completion,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “There will be traffic disruptions in coming days and we ask the public to be patient and drivers to stay alert and slow down through this area as this project progresses.”

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 to US 59. The project is being built to interstate standards. Work 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. This project is set for completion in Spring 2022.Once completed, it will provide a continuous stop-free driving experience for through traffic and hurricane evacuation, provide sustainable pavement structure for years and maintain safe access to businesses and residences in the area.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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