Unless you like paying fines for speeding, it would be good idea to be wary of the new speed limits in place on Highway 59 between Lufkin and Diboll.  The new 50 mph speed limit is in effect for the 7 mile construction zone starting from the Whitehouse Drive area near the Walmart Supercenter in Lufkin to near Diboll.  The new 50 mph signs are now in place, and the standard rule is, once the signs are up, enforcement can begin...and it has.

The reason for the reduction in the speed limit is the upcoming construction project on Highway 59 that is expected to get underway in early July and continue through May 2019.  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the work will consist of resurfacing US 59 South in Angelina County from FM 3482/Whitehouse Drive to 1.1 mile north of FM 1818. This project is designed to plane the existing pavement, apply a hot mix level up course, followed by a final permeable friction course that will repel water and reduce surface noise.

Moore Brothers Construction, Lufkin, will serve as contractor for the $8.3 million construction project. North and southbound lanes of US 59 are included in this project, with some of the work scheduled to be done at night. Motorists should prepare for single lanes of traffic through the work area. Reduce speed and obey all traffic control devices.

Once the construction project is complete, the speed limit will return to what it was prior to the road work.