There will be a few closures and traffic changes over the next couple weeks in the Highway 59 construction zone on the south side of Nacogdoches.  According to a release from the Texas Department of Transporation, Old Lufkin Road is scheduled for closure May 13 - 27 as work on the US 59/SL 224 flyover construction project continues. Other traffic changes are also scheduled, weather permitting.


Beginning Thursday, local traffic on Old Lufkin Road should access West Spradley or the very south end of Old Lufkin Road as entry/exit points. The closure is necessary to add a traffic barrier, extend drainage features and add temporary pavement along SL 224.

Work is also planned on May 20 that will require a temporary closure at CR 522 at US 59. The closure is scheduled from 7 am to noon to cement treat the subgrade. Local traffic can enter/exit on FM 2863/Press Road.

The week of May 24 will also see traffic patterns change on US 59 along the existing US 59 median at Spradley Street. Once temporary pavement is placed in this area, northbound traffic will be switched to the temporary paving.

As this construction continues, motorists are urged to remember the speed limit in the work zone has been lowered to 45 miles per hour from CR 524 to Spradley Street.

The $86.1 million construction project includes construction of new US 59 main lanes that will directly connect to SL 224 just south of SH 7 and is being built to interstate standards. The project also includes the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road, and the construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59. The overall project is on schedule to be completed in Spring 2023.


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