Commissioners Approve Projects for Lufkin District

September 25, 2015LUFKIN – The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved 62 transportation contracts that totaled $294.8 million, including three projects for the Lufkin District that total $15.7 million.

In Polk County, a $13.9 million project will begin on US 190 that will add passing lanes beginning in Onalaska and continuing for 6.25 miles to FM 2457. Smith & Company, contractor for the project, will construct the passing lanes at a cost of $10.8 million. In addition, $3.6 million will go toward safety treating fixed objects on US 190 to US 59.

San Augustine County also received approval for a $ 1.2 million project on FM 705. AR Brothers Construction Services, contractor for the project, will work to safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 for 2.4 miles south of FM 83.

In Angelina County, an $86,851 project was approved that will add an intersection flashing beacon and advance warning signals in three locations. South Texas Illumination, contractor for the project, will work to install a flashing beacon on US 69 North at FM 2021 at a cost of $33,572; advance warning signals on SL 287 at FM 1194 at a cost of $13,314; and advance warning signals on US 69 at FM 2251 at a cost of $42,293.

As these projects begin, motorists are urged to use caution and remain alert to workers and construction equipment. Delays, reduced lanes of traffic and flaggers should be expected in construction zones. Remember that speeds are reduced in work areas and fines double when workers are present.

These projects, once complete, will continue to help maintain a safe system for the traveling public, address congestion and alert motorists to nearby intersections. The Texas Department of Transportation continues to meet the goals of successfully connecting Texas communities as well as providing better maneuverability and safe highways while remaining a Best In Class state agency.

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