Two major road construction projects will soon get underway in the Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  The Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $931 million in new construction projects statewide, with more than $100 million approved for the Lufkin District.

Upgrades will continue on Highway 59 just north of Loop 287 in Lufkin.  This $63.1 million construction project will upgrade Highway 59 in Redland. The main lanes of US 59 will be reconstructed along with the construction of new northbound and southbound frontage roads from FM 2021 to .34 miles north of Loop 287 in Lufkin.

The project was designed and is being built to interstate standards. US 59 serves as an evacuation route and the upgrade will enhance safety and mobility in the area. Longview Bridge and Road, LTD. will serve as the contractor for the 2.5-mile construction project. No timeline for the completion of the project has been set.

Another major construction project that will soon be getting underway will definitely have an impact on motorists who travel Highway 7 between Crockett and Centerville. TxDOT is reporting that Houston County was approved for a $31.9 million construction project that is earmarked for a bridge replacement on Highway 7 at the Trinity River. R. Construction Civil, LLC, Buffalo TX, will serve as the contractor for the construction project. No timeline for completion has been set.

As these projects begin, pre-construction meetings will be held to determine timelines. Signage will be set in work zones announcing pending construction. Motorists are advised to stay alert and be aware of workers and machinery near the lanes of traffic. Reduce speed and obey all traffic control. Fines double when workers are present.