June 19, 2019 - Update (5pm): FM 1970 North near US 84 in Shelby County is now open to traffic after a truck overturned earlier. Drive safely.
June 19, 2019 - TxDOT advises FM 1970 North near US 84 in Shelby County is closed after a truck overturned. Hazmat crews are on the scene. Prepare for delays. Scene should be cleared in about an hour when truck is uprighted.
May 10, 2019 - The Lufkin District is moving into late spring and early summer with many ongoing construction and maintenance projects. Motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speed and stay alert as they travel through a work zone. Obey all signage, flaggers and lead cars. Never drive around cones or barricades in a work zone. Also be prepared to stop.
Work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. For current road closures and project updates statewide, visit drivetexas.org. Work schedules for coming days in the nine-county Lufkin District include:
May 2, 2019 Lufkin – In spite of a decrease in work zone crashes in Texas last year, 161 people still lost their lives and another 684 were seriously injured, with the vast majority of those killed—84 percent—being motorists and/or their passengers. The Texas Department of Transportation highlights its Be Safe. Drive Smart campaign along with Work Zone Awareness to remind motorists to stay alert and exercise caution when driving through work zones.
April 26, 2019 - As repair work is ongoing and changing quickly, officials are again closing SH 21 from US 96 to SH 147 through downtown again this morning in order to set new power poles. No length of time for this closure has been set. Motorists are urged to choose alternate routes or detour to SH 147.
April 25, 2019 - SH 21 East and US 96 in San Augustine will be closed to traffic immediately as emergency responders work to clear debris and restore power to the area. Traffic will be detoured downtown to SH 147 until further notice. Motorists are advised to stay clear of damaged areas and refrain from stopping and taking photos or videos through the area where workers and equipment are present.
April 14, 2019 – Crews are scheduled to begin a mill and inlay project Sunday night on SH 87 in Shelby County. The work is scheduled to be operational through the city of Center on Tenaha Street (US 87) beginning at 7 pm. Work will continue from Church Street to US 96 at the north traffic circle. Work is expected to continue nightly throughout the week, weather permitting.
March 22, 2019 Lufkin – With warmer weather and sunshine comes plenty of work on Lufkin District construction and maintenance projects. Many work zones include lane or shoulder closures or pilot cars to guide traffic through the work area.
“Motorists should remain patient and reduce their speed when they approach a work zone,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the district. “There is always moving equipment and many workers in the area. Motorists should stay alert and obey all signage for their own safety as well as for the safety of our workers.”
March 12, 2019 - As part of a statewide effort to raise awareness, increase vigilance and report signs of human trafficking, the Texas Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, law enforcement and industry partners, is launching its “On the Road to End Human Trafficking” initiative.