The Lufkin News reports the Texas Department of Transportation is finally launching a long awaited redesign and rebuilding of the U.S 59/Loop 287 interchange on Lufkin's north side.

 



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This much needed project is starting today and it will take three years and cost $52 million dollars. TxDOT says the redesigned interchange will allow traffic on U.S. 59 and Loop 287 to flow freely by widening the lanes, adding some overpasses and raising vertical clearances at the bridges.

TxDot says the construction zone will start at the Spence Street overpass west of US 59 and extend to the Highway 103/Atkinson Drive overpass east of 59.  All four lanes of Loop traffic will be moved to the east side of the roadway. There will be plenty of signs to help motorists navigate through the work zone, and barricades will be in place.

We all remember what it was like when they built that huge interchange on the south side of town, so our best advice for local motorists is to just avoid the North Loop for the next three years.

People just passing through Lufkin are on their own.  They'll just have to do the best they can with the Loop traffic. Just keep reminding yourself that "it's our tax dollars at work."