A major construction project in Nacogdoches is progressing and work in coming days will require a road closure.

Work on the US 224/US 59 South upgrade in Nacogdoches currently has crews placing continuous reinforced concrete pavement in the new main lane location on the east side of US 59. Minimal impact to traffic is associated with this work, but motorists should stay alert for concrete trucks and equipment entering and exiting near SL 224 and US 59.

Motorists are currently experiencing slight shifts in the traffic patterns on the south end of the project near CR 523 and CR 524. Drivers should reduce speed through this area to the work zone speed limit of 60 mph. Local law enforcement is monitoring throughout the work zone.

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On Dec. 21, weather permitting, crews are scheduled to temporarily close Old Lufkin Road on the north end of the project at SL 224 to connect a 16-inch water line. The closure will take up to two days to complete. Motorists should stay alert for detours and obey all signage. West Spradley Street or South Old Lufkin Road at US 59 will be open to local traffic as alternate routes.

Work is continuing south of East Spradley Street as embankment is hauled and vegetation is placed that should minimize any dust flares through the area. Crews are proactive in watering through this area to allow for greater driver visibility and to mitigate possible dust flares.

The $86.1 million project includes construction of new US 59 main lanes that will directly connect to SL 224 just south of SH 7 that is being built to interstate standards. The project also includes the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road, and the construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59.

Motorists are urged to reduce speed and stay alert through the project area from SH 7 west on SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street on US 59. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview TX, is serving as contractor for the project that is on schedule to be completed in spring 2023.


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