Well, paint me with yellow stripes and call me asphalt, the major road construction project on Highway 69 between Huntington and Zavalla is just about done. It will be smooth sailing from the Huntington city limits to Highway 63 in Zavalla.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of the overpass and northbound lanes from FM 1270 to BW Horton Road will be fully open by the end of this week (6/24), creating a non-stop flow on Highway 69.

“This construction project will be fully open with the exception of brief daytime lane closures as needed as crews complete final details of this major project,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “Final striping and pavement markings have been placed this week and we are proud to be near a successful and timely completion of this section of roadway.”

Johnson Brothers Corporation, a Southland Company out of Roanoke, TX, has been serving as the contractor for the $71.6 million construction project that has included 11 miles of widening from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway, along with the construction of bridges and the overpass at SH 63.

Crews continue to construct new southbound lanes of Highway 69 between Earnest Smith Road and Guinn Road at the Jasper County line. Drewery Construction, Nacogdoches, is serving as the contractor for this $37.8 million, 7.3-mile section of Highway 69, from FM 1270 to the Jasper County line.

Motorists should stay alert to construction traffic entering and exiting the work areas. This project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2023, weather permitting.

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These projects enhance the safety of US 69, which is a designated hurricane evacuation route.