The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is advising motorists of some traffic pattern changes coming next week to Loop 287 in Lufkin.  This will mark the first time since construction began in February, that construction at the Highway 59/Loop 287 expansion project at Moffett/Highway 103 East in Lufkin will require some traffic pattern changes.

These changes will affect motorists by way of shoulder and/or lane closures on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6 in the southbound lanes of Highway 59/Loop 287. The closure will require US 69 and US 59 to merge to the inside left lane for approximately 2000 feet beginning north of the bridge at Moffett Road. Motorists should expect delays through this area until scheduled work is completed.

Crews will continue construction of a retaining wall, widening the roadway with new main lanes, and construction of a crash wall on the north and south sides of the A&NR Railroad tracks. Drainage structures and driveway work is ongoing. The frontage road to Kit McConnico Park will continue to be closed intermittently.

“This is a high traffic area for motorists traveling US 59 to and from Nacogdoches and US 69,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “In addition, there is normally heavy truck traffic. We want motorists to reduce speed, stay alert and pack some extra patience through this area on Monday and Tuesday. The closure is necessary to continue construction.”

The $19.3 million construction project includes reconstructing main lanes and constructing two north and southbound frontage roads from the US 59/SL 287 overpass at A&NR Railroad and continue from Moffett Road to SH 103 East/Atkinson Drive. This will be bring this roadway to interstate standards. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2023, weather permitting.

 

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