A new road construction project on Highway 59 just north of Lufkin is set to start after Labor Day.  This major venture will widen a section of Highway 59 in Redland, and it is expected to take a little over three years to complete.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, barricades will be set on September 6 on US 59 in Redland from FM 2021 to .34 miles north of Loop 287 in Lufkin where work is scheduled that will upgrade the roadway to interstate standards and potential future designation as I-69.

Longview Bridge and Road Ltd., Longview TX, will serve as contractor for the $62.4 million construction project that is dedicated to improving safety and mobility on US 59. Work will include upgrading existing US 59 by constructing frontage roads that will provide controlled access to northbound and southbound lanes. Access to main lanes will be allowed via entrance and exit ramps.

As the project developed, the Lufkin District held an open house in 2017 and a public hearing in 2018 to gain public input through the design and right-of-way acquisition phases. Construction funding was allocated in the March 2017 Unified Transportation Program. Project completion is set for November 2025, weather permitting.

“This is a long-anticipated project that our designers and engineers have worked tirelessly to prepare for construction,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We are proud to see construction begin in this section of US 59, bringing us one step closer to possible interstate designation in the area.”

As this project begins, motorists are urged to reduce speed through the work zone, stay alert for moving equipment and workers near the lanes of travel. Obey all traffic control. Traffic fines double when workers are present.

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