WORK BEGINNING ON US 59/SL287 UPGRADE AT MOFFETT

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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 virtual pre-construction meeting was held in the Lufkin District Wednesday, signaling the beginning of a new construction project in Lufkin.

Barricades will be placed on Monday, Feb. 15, on US 59/SL 287 near the Moffett overpass with work scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 17, weather permitting. Motorists should be prepared to reduce speed through this work zone and as construction begins, prepare for intermittent lane closures.

The $19.3 construction project was approved by Texas Transportation Commissioners and was funded through the Unified Transportation Program in 2017. The project is designed to convert a non-freeway to meet interstate standards.

Project construction will include reconstructing main lanes and constructing two north and southbound frontage roads. Widening will begin at the US 59/SL 287 overpass at A&NR Railroad and continue from Moffett Road to SH 103 East/Atkinson Drive. The proposed improvements are designed to meet interstate standards for potential future designation as Interstate 69.

The upgrade project received schematic and environmental approval in 2007 and 2008. Right of way acquisitions were completed in the fall 2020. Longview Bridge and Road Ltd., Longview TX, will serve as contractor for the construction that is scheduled to be completed in April 2023, weather permitting.

This project is dedicated to improving safety, enhancing mobility and providing system connectivity on US 59/SL 287 from SH 103 East (Atkinson Drive) to just south of FM 2021.

As this project begins, motorists are urged to be alert to workers and moving equipment through the area. Obey all traffic control. Reduce speed and remember traffic fines double when workers are present.

For more information on road conditions and projects statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information on Lufkin District projects, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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