If you have traveled the west side of Loop 304 in Crockett anytime recently, you are aware of the construction that has been ongoing on that section of the roadway.  Well, now the recent heavy rains, and the threat of more is causing a bit of an issue.

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In a release from the Texas Department of Transportation, a section of State Loop 304 in Crockett will be closed later today and remain closed until rain subsides and repairs can be made to the roadway.

Loop 304 will be closed from the intersection of SH 7 West at the loop and continue for about 2,000 feet to near the driveway of Crockett High School. Barricades will be set and no through traffic will be allowed during the closure.

“This area of the loop in Crockett is under construction and with the excessive rainfall we have had and are still having, the roadway has become slippery and muddy and not acceptable for travel,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We don’t have a timeline for how long the closure will be necessary, but the road will be reopened when it is passable.”

Lighted message boards will be placed near main highway intersections around Loop 304 announcing the closure. Motorists should prepare to take alternate routes and stay alert, reduce speed near the closure and obey all signage.

The heavy rainfall in East Texas is also causing flooding issues in portions of Sabine, Jasper and Newton Counties. For more information on closures/conditions statewide, visit drivetexas.org. Follow all local alerts at the Texas Department of Transportation (Lufkin) on Facebook or TxDOT Lufkin on Twitter.

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