Traffic Alert: Switch Planned South of Zavalla

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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 can expect a traffic switch on a major project later this week as crews work to continue construction on US 69 South in Angelina County.

Weather permitting, a traffic switch is planned for Thursday from Zavalla/FM 1270 to the Jasper County line. Crews will move northbound traffic between FM 1270 and Duncan Cemetery Road to the newly constructed northbound outside lane. Southbound traffic will remain in its current traffic pattern. Both northbound and southbound traffic through this section will utilize one travel lane in each direction. Inside lanes in each direction will remain closed as construction continues.

Motorists approaching US 69 from adjoining farm roads, county roads or private drives should be alert and aware of the new traffic pattern. Be cautious before entering lanes of traffic and stay alert for workers through the area. Reduce speed when approaching a work zone and obey all traffic control.

Drewery Construction Co., Nacogdoches TX, is serving as contractor for the $37.5 million project which is scheduled for completion in early 2023, weather permitting. This project is a continuation of a project underway on US 69 from FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla. Johnson Brothers, Roanoke, TX, is serving as contractor for the $72 million construction project in that location.

Once completed, these construction projects will tie US 69 South in the Lufkin District to the US 69 widening that is being completed by the Beaumont District and will be known as the Big Thicket Corridor.

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

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