Here are a few updates from TXDot.

Nacogdoches County Approved For New Project

The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved more than $171.7 million in new construction projects throughout the state, with one located in Nacogdoches County totaling more than $4.7 million.

Construction was approved for FM 343 in Nacogdoches County from the Cherokee County line to FM 225. The work will include reconstructing and widening the pavement. The project length will be approximately 6.8 miles.

A start date for the project has not yet been determined, but the work will include reconstructing and widening the pavement to 24-feet on FM 343. Crews will also be safety treating fixed objects, which includes extending and safety treating cross drainage structures and driveway culverts. Profiling shoulders and adding profile edge line markings is also included in the planned work.

As work begins and progresses, motorists are urged to be alert to workers and equipment throughout the area. Obey all signage and prepare for intermittent lane closures and/or delays during the construction project.

Work To Begin On New Entrance at Mission Tejas State Park

A pre-construction meeting was held at the TxDOT Lufkin Area Office Thursday for contractors and TxDOT officials to set start dates for work to begin on a project in Houston County that will benefit Mission Tejas State Park.

Pinto Construction, of Nacogdoches, contractor for the $750,000 construction project, is planning to begin work the first week in January, weather permitting. Completion should be late summer 2017.

The construction project includes constructing a new entrance and parking lots near the new visitor’s center, also under construction at Mission Tejas State Park, located outside Weches in Houston County. The historical site is a 660-acre park, situated about 22 miles northeast of Crockett.

Motorists traveling to the area are urged to be aware and alert to workers and moving equipment as the project begins and progresses. Obey all signage and reduce speed in the park area.

TxDOT Restores Intersection To Previous Traffic Pattern

TxDOT officials have decided to remove three recently placed stop signs at US 59/SL 224 at NW Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches which will restore the intersection to its previous traffic pattern.

Three additional stop signs were placed about a month ago, creating an all-way stop at the intersection of US 59, Stallings Drive and Westward Drive in Nacogdoches. After officials conducted a second traffic study at the location, the decision was made Thursday to remove the additional stop signs, returning the intersection to its previous traffic pattern.

“The traffic congestion created by the additional stop signs at this location was not anticipated in the first traffic study,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “After going back and taking a second look, hearing the public’s concern and visiting with Nacogdoches city officials, the decision was made to return the intersection to the original condition.”

Workers are expected to remove the signs on Monday, weather permitting. Message boards will be in place to alert traffic of the change. Motorists are advised to stay alert through the area as these changes occur.

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