The annual Ellen Trout Zoo Boo is scheduled this Friday and Saturday evenings, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) wants the public to be aware of changes at the Loop 287 crossovers in the area that are under construction.  

Motorists traveling eastbound on Loop 287 will not be able to cross over into the zoo from Martin Luther King (MLK) Drive. Motorists will also be unable to cross at two other nearby locations. One crossover between The George H. Henderson Exposition Center and Brookshire Brothers corporate offices has been permanently removed, while others are under construction, including the one at MLK Drive.

Eastbound traffic needing to enter the zoo or access the parking lot at the George H. Henderson Exposition Center will be required to exit Loop 287 at the North Timberland Drive/US 59 North overpass and make the U-turn back westbound for safe access to the zoo and parking areas.

Westbound traffic needing to park on the eastbound side of Loop 287 will be required to access the crossover at Sayers Street or access the Kurth Drive exit to turn back eastbound.

“The changes at these crossovers will enhance safety for all motorists wanting to park at the expo center for Zoo Boo,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information spokesperson for the Lufkin District. “In addition, we are strongly urging motorists to slow down and watch closely for pedestrian traffic who park in nearby parking lots and walk over to the zoo. We want everyone to have a good time, but also a safe evening.”

Barricades will be in place as well as safety cones throughout the area. Motorists are asked to respect the work zone and stay alert.