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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.

TxDOT crews continue to work in 12-hour shifts to clear the roadways of snow and ice. After concentrating on major US highways, crews will move to local State Loops, State Highways and Farm Roads today. Applications of brine, rock and de-icer on major roadways are also planned today ahead of predicted ice and snow beginning Wednesday. Additional frozen precipitation will make driving more hazardous through the week.

Currently, the Lufkin District is utilizing 37 blades on equipment that is working to clear roadways. In addition, contractors, cities and counties have offered assistance.

“We are very appreciative of our contractors, city and county maintenance crews offering to help out,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “US 59 has been our focus since Sunday because it is a major freight corridor across the state and through our district. Today, we will move onto our State Loops, State Highways and Farm Roads.”

The US 190 Bridge across Lake Livingston in San Jacinto County was reopened Monday night. All other roads are open today, but travel is discouraged.

“We hope to get a lot accomplished before more ice and snow on Wednesday and Thursday,” Oaks said. “We don’t want people to think just because the sun is out, the roads are clear and not frozen. As we apply rock, de-icer and brine today, these efforts will increase and enhance the safety of the roads, but we still discourage any travel until temperatures rise above freezing.”

For road conditions and closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For local information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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