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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.

Motorists traveling the south side of Nacogdoches will experience a road closure for up to two weeks that is part of the US 59/SL 224 flyover upgrade construction project.

Old Lufkin Road at SL 224 in Nacogdoches is scheduled for closure March 15-29, but the closure could continue into the following week as contractors work to place a 16-inch water line. The closure is set for day and night hours. Detours and traffic control will be in place throughout the work area.

The closure is necessary since the current water line crossing and tie-in is located about 8-feet into the existing road bed of Old Lufkin Road. Detours will be in place directing local traffic to West Spradley or the south end of Old Lufkin Road. Motorists are urged to use the southern-most end of Old Lufkin Road to enter and exit because of ongoing construction and heavy traffic in the Spradley Street area during peak travel hours. Work will be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.

“We understand the inconvenience to residents during this closure, but it is necessary to facilitate the construction of the new water line and move the construction project forward,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “This construction project is progressing well and there is a lot going on through the area. Safety is our top priority and we want everyone to stay alert.”

Motorists should stay alert for detour signs and message boards alerting them to the closure. Reduce speed near the work zone and obey all traffic control. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.

For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395.

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