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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.
LUFKIN – SL 287 near Ellen Trout Park and Zoo in Lufkin is scheduled to be closed beginning at 8 pm on July 4 for the city’s annual Independence Day Celebration and fireworks display.

The north loop closure will be on SL 287/Ellen Trout Drive, from just east of US 69 North and the SL 287/Ellen Trout Drive overpass, to west of US 59 North at the SL 287 and the BU 59/North Timberland Drive exit.

SL 287 traffic will be diverted to BU 59/Timberland Drive. Motorists can also choose to travel SL 287 West. The closure will be from 8 pm until about 11 pm, when traffic has cleared the park and adjoining parking lots. The closure will be monitored by the Lufkin Police Department and the City of Lufkin.

Traffic control and signage will be set at the intersections of Spence Street, MLK Drive, Sayers Street and Kurth Drive, as well as lighted message boards announcing the closure at US 59, US 69 and other major highway intersections. All necessary signs, cones, barricades will be set and monitored by city employees.

Motorists are urged to stay alert for signage and obey all traffic control near the area or choose alternate routes. Traffic in the area is expected to be heavy throughout the day near the event.

Motorists should also stay alert throughout the day for pedestrians who will be parking in adjacent parking lots and walking to the event.

For more information on the road closure and alternate routes, contact or call (936) 633-4395. 
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