Utilities are being relocated in order to begin a new TxDOT project in coming weeks on Starr Avenue (FM 1878) in Nacogdoches.
The $1.4 million project will extend from North Street (BU 59) to Clark Boulevard and will include widening the roadway from two to four lanes. Concrete curb and gutter as well as six-foot sidewalks will also be included.
Drewery Construction, contractor for the project, will begin removing pavement once utility relocation is complete. Approximately 8-inches of concrete and asphalt pavement will be replaced with 10-inch asphalt pavement. In addition, traffic signals at North Street and Mound Street will be replaced.
“This project, when completed, will provide additional lanes of travel that will provide for greater ease of access near Stephen F. Austin State University and better maneuverability along Starr Avenue,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer with the Lufkin District. “It not only will benefit motorists with two additional lanes of travel, but will provide access for walkers, joggers and cyclists with a six-foot sidewalk.”
The project completion date is March, 2016, weather permitting. TxDOT has worked to accelerate this project with hopes of lessening the impact on the traveling public. Starr Avenue will be closed for the duration of the project.
Motorists are advised to slow down in the area of Starr Avenue since workers and equipment will be working near lanes of travel situated in close proximity to North Street. Be aware of and obey all signage in the project area and remember traffic fines double when workers are present.