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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 traffic switch is planned on US 69 in the ongoing construction project that is widening the roadway from Huntington to Zavalla, weather permitting.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, traffic will be switched onto newly constructed main lanes on US 69 from FM 844 to just south of BW Horton Road, south of Huntington. Northbound and southbound traffic will begin utilizing the new section of roadway. Traffic will remain two lane/two-way until the next traffic switch occurs in this construction project.

Motorists approaching US 69 on FM 844 should stay alert for the new stop location and two-way traffic on this section of newly constructed roadway. Caution is urged through this area as these changes occur. Motorists should reduce speed through the work zone and obey all traffic control devices. Stay alert for moving equipment and workers near lanes of traffic.

This project includes the widening of US 69 in southern Angelina County from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway. The projects are being completed in three phases.

  • Phase One: From Huntington to FM 844, Pinto Construction, Nacogdoches, TX, contractor for the $10.1 million project, worked to extend the four-lane section of highway just south of Huntington. This phase is now completed.
  • Phase Two: From FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla, Johnson Brothers, Roanoke, TX, contractor for the $72 million construction project has worked to extend the four-lane section of highway and construct several bridges. Crews continue to work through this phase which is scheduled to be completed in June 2022.
  • Phase Three: From FM 1270 to the Jasper County line, crews continue to widen the roadway to a four-lane divided highway. Drewery Construction Co., Nacogdoches TX, contractor for the $37.5 million project is scheduled to complete the final phase in early 2023, weather permitting.

Once completed, the US 69 South Corridor in the Lufkin District will connect to the US 69 widening project being completed by the Beaumont District. The roadway will be known as the Big Thicket Corridor. The finished projects will enhance safety, improve traffic flow, provide better connectivity between Lufkin and Beaumont and serve as an evacuation route from the Gulf Coast.

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

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