Traffic Switch Planned In Major Construction Project

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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 to see traffic switched to a newly constructed roadway in coming days on a major construction project south of Zavalla.

Traffic will be switched to newly constructed roadway on the south end of a construction project that is currently underway from near FM 1270, south of Zavalla in Angelina County, to the Jasper County line. Both lanes of traffic will be switched onto new roadway from Ernest Smith Road to the county line. The change in traffic pattern will allow crews to begin reconstruction of the existing lanes through this area of the project.

Drewery Construction Co., Inc., Nacogdoches TX, is serving as contractor for the $37.8 million project that includes construction of new roadway and reconstruction of existing roadway in a 7.3-mile section of US 69 south. This project is expected to be completed in mid-2023, weather permitting.

Motorists approaching US 69 from existing farm roads, county roads and private driveways are urged to be alert to the new driving pattern as they enter the roadway.

Motorists driving through this work zone are urged to reduce speed and obey all traffic control devices. Stay alert to moving equipment and workers near the lanes of traffic as work progresses.

This project was designed to enhance the safety of US 69, which is also a designated hurricane evacuation route.

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

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