Construction crews with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are out in full force this week tackling major projects in Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties. 

In the Huntington area, motorists should expect lane closures and a pilot car to lead them on US 69 South from Huntington to FM 844 this week as contractors begin cement treating the subgrade for widening the roadway. Also, mill and inlay work is continuing om US 69 throughout the week inside the city limits of Huntington and moving northbound. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and stay alert through these work areas.

Meanwhile, on the west side of Lufkin, crews have begun work on a construction project on FM 1194 in Angelina County from SL 287 West to FM 3150. The work will include the widening of the roadway and a new asphalt surface. Also included in the work will be safety treating driveway culverts.

“We will be in full work mode this next week at this location and motorists can expect delays here for several months,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District spokesperson. “There will be flaggers instructing motorists and a lead car to lead traffic in a single lane through the work area. If you want to avoid possible delays, alternate routes could be SH 94 or SH 103 West to and from the Hudson area. This is a heavily traveled roadway and we urge drivers to stay alert.”

Motorists are urged to obey all traffic control devices. Traffic fines double when workers are present. Pinto Construction, Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor for the $459,200 construction project that is expected to be completed in June, 2018. Work schedules could change in inclement weather.

Finally, motorists traveling US 59 northbound at Loop 224 in Nacogdoches are advised to take the loop East through the end of the week to alleviate congestion as construction is ongoing at the US 59/Loop 224 intersection.

Crews are removing existing concrete pavement on US 59 at the intersection just north of the Loop 224 overpass. The concrete will be removed and replaced with full depth hot mix asphalt. The work will require lane closures during the course of the week that will alternate as work progresses. Work is expected to last through at least the end of this week, weather permitting.

“This concrete was put down years ago prior to many of the US 59 improvements that we see today,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District spokesperson. “We want to remove that old product and replace it with a full depth asphalt surface. This will improve this area that has recently been updated with new construction.”