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Traffic on U.S. 59 north of Corrigan to be detoured

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From Enterprise Staff

Motorists can expect to experience a two-lane traffic pattern for up to eight months on a construction project on U.S. 59, north of Corrigan.

Beginning May 23, traffic on U.S. 59 from just north of Piney Creek to just north of Old Highway 35, southbound traffic will be detoured into the northbound inside lane during daytime operations. This traffic pattern will continue up to four months during daytime work hours.

Once work is completed on the southbound side, northbound traffic will be detoured daily into the southbound inside lane during work hours. This traffic pattern will remain in place for approximately four months, until project completion.

Vulcan Materials Asphalt and Construction LLC out of Conroe will serve as contractor for the $6.2 million construction project that will reconstruct and improve the safety of the roadway. Completion of the project is set for January 2023, weather permitting.

Message boards and signs alerting motorists to the detour are in place. Motorists should stay alert, reduce speed and obey all traffic control in the area. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present. For statewide road conditions and closures, visit drivetexas.org.

Other upcoming TxDOT activity

The Texas Transportation Commission met Thursday in Austin and approved more than $1.1 billion in new construction projects statewide, with more than $179.1 million approved for the nine-county Lufkin District.

Polk County was approved for $172.8 million, earmarked for the construction of the Corrigan Relief Route. James Construction Group LLC of Baton Rouge, La. will serve as contractor for the project. The project will bring U.S. 59 to interstate standards with construction of new U.S. 59 northbound and southbound lanes with controlled access that will be constructed on the west side of Corrigan.

The seven-mile project will include overpasses at the United Pacific Railroad, U.S. 287 and Union Springs Road; entrance and exit ramps will be added at U.S. 59 tie-ins and at the U.S. 287 overpass. The project will be built to promote public safety, improve emergency evacuations, and support freight transport. No timeline for completion has been set.

“Studies for this project began in the 1990’s and since was identified as a top priority for development,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks said. “We are excited to be able to begin this much needed upgrade around Corrigan. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid to late summer.”

A bridge replacement project was approved for $458,032.40 in Polk County that is designed to replace bridge and approaches on Kelley Road at Bluff Creek. Cross Plus Construction LLC of China Spring will serve as contractor for the project. No timeline for completion has been set.

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