Traffic Switch Planned on Major Project Near 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.

A traffic switch is planned for next week on US 69 in a major construction project between Huntington and Zavalla.

On Tuesday, March 1, weather permitting, a traffic switch will allow southbound drivers across the median into two lanes of travel between FM 844 and FM 1270. Northbound traffic will be limited to the single lane currently in use on the northbound side of the roadway while paving work continues.

Currently, travel through this section of roadway is in a two-lane traffic pattern, but after the traffic switch north and southbound traffic will be separated by the median.

“We are continuing in the final phase of construction and this project continues to progress to completion,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We encourage motorists to stay alert to this change in traffic patterns, especially drivers entering the roadway from county roads or private drives. Exercise extra caution before entering lanes of traffic.”

Motorists should obey all traffic control through the work zone, reduce speed and stay alert to moving equipment and workers near travel lanes. For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395. Visit for roadway conditions and closures statewide.

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