Project Scheduled to begin on US 59 in Polk County

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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.

 A virtual pre-construction meeting was held Tuesday from the Livingston Area Office signaling the beginning of a new construction project on US 59 in Polk County.

The $6.2 million project will consist of highway improvements from 0.9 miles north of Piney Creek to just north of Old Highway 35. Work will include superelevation through the project area, which is the banking of a roadway along a horizontal curve, enhancing the safety of the roadway so motorists can more easily maneuver the curve at the posted speed limit.

Vulcan Construction, San Antonio TX, will serve as contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed in April 2022, weather permitting. Work is scheduled to begin by Sept. 1. Signage alerting motorists to the work will be set next week.

A 60-mile-per-hour work zone speed limit is set for the duration of the project and will be enforced by local law enforcement. Motorists should expect additional construction speed reductions within the work zone. Traffic fines will double when workers are present.

As this work begins, motorists are urged to stay alert, obey all signage and traffic control in the area. This work will include daily lane closures and changing traffic patterns. Prepare for delays as work progresses and be aware of moving equipment and workers near the lanes of traffic.

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