A virtual pre-construction meeting was held by the Lufkin Area Office Thursday signaling the beginning of a new construction project that will widen FM 841/Ford Chapel Road in Angelina County.

The $5.2 million construction project was approved by TxDOT commissioners in February 2021. The project will include a 5-mile section of FM 841/Ford Chapel Road beginning inside SL 287 at FM 325/East Lufkin Avenue and continuing to US 69 South.

Work will include providing additional surface width from the current 20-feet to 28-feet, placing an overlay inside SL 287, mill and inlay the roadway beneath SL 287, widening and rehabilitating the roadway outside SL 287 and upgrading guardrail to design standards. New signage, driveway improvements, profile pavement markings outside SL 287 and realignment of the FM 1475 intersection are also included in the project plans.

“This is a very busy roadway with several residences and businesses throughout the project area and near SL 287,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “Motorists should stay alert as they travel this section of roadway and as they exit the loop at businesses near the Ford Chapel Road intersection. Traffic delays in this area should be expected as work progresses.”

Crews will begin setting barricades June 10 with construction scheduled to begin the same week. A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., Buffalo TX, will serve as contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed in December 2022, weather permitting.

As this project begins, motorists are urged to obey the work zone speed limit and obey all traffic control in place. Reduce speed, stay alert and prepare for delays through the work zone. Fines double when workers are present.

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