Public meeting planned on US 59 upgrade
Project would include construction replacement of Trinity River Bridge
Special to the News-Times
LUFKIN — TxDOT is conducting a public meeting on proposed improvements to US 59 from Shepherd to the Trinity River that will upgrade this section of roadway to meet interstate standards.
The in-person meeting will be held Thursday, April 27, in the Shepherd High School Cafeteria, 1 Pirate Lane, in Shepherd. The public is invited to attend and view proposed schematics of the project, speak to TxDOT officials, and leave comments. All comments must be received online, in person or postmarked by May 12, 2023.
TxDOT is proposing improvements to US 59 that would include the construction of two-lane northbound and southbound frontage roads, the reconstruction of US 59 main lanes, the construction/replacement of the Trinity River Bridges with turnarounds, and an overpass with turnarounds at FM 1127. The project is planned from approximately 0.2 miles north of FM 223 (Church Street) to north of the Trinity River in San Jacinto and Polk counties.
The 6-mile project is designed to enhance safety, improve mobility, provide a more efficient hurricane evacuation route, and provide system connectivity to Interstate 69.
Schematic and environmental studies will be done through 2024, with right of way acquisitions and utility relocations tentatively scheduled for 2025-2028.
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