Here’s a Progress Report on Area Major Road Construction Projects
Highway 69 from Huntington to Zavalla...FM 2108 on the east side of Diboll,..Highway 59 at the South Loop in Nacogdoches, these are the locations for some of the biggest road construction projects in our area.
So, how are these jobs moving along?
The Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation has released this latest information on how these projects are shaping up, as well as when we can expect them to be completed.
US 69 South: This project will widen US 69 from two lanes to a divided rural four lane highway from FM 844 to FM 1270. Crews are currently constructing the overpass at SH 63 in Zavalla with bridge pours scheduled at entry/exit ramps. Dirt work also continues for the new southbound lanes from FM 844 to BW Horton Road. Hot mix is being placed on newly constructed northbound turn lanes between BW Horton Road and Ozias Road, and construction of new northbound lanes will continue between Barge Road and SH 63. This project began in July 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Work is also continuing from FM 1270 to the Jasper County line that will continue the construction of a four-lane divided highway. Drewery Construction Co., Nacogdoches TX, is serving as contractor for the $37.5 million project that is scheduled to complete in early 2023. Current work includes clearing south of Earnest Smith Road and dirt and structure work for the new northbound lanes between FM 1270 and Chambers Road.
US 59/Diboll Relief: Crews are currently working to clear property for the new roadway located on the east side of Diboll. Current work includes logging operations and utility relocations. Work on the relief route began In April and is expected to be completed in 2025.
This project that will extend from FM 2108 to 1.15 miles south of White Oak Creek. The relief route will meet interstate design standards and serve as the primary evacuation route and will move vehicular traffic along the US 59 corridor.
US 59/SL 224: The US 59/SL 224 construction project began in 2019 and is progressing well with the construction of new main lanes to the east of current main lanes along US 59. Earthwork east of US 59 is in progress and the first seven spans of bridge deck on the northbound overpass has been completed. Crews are beginning the southbound overpass bridge decks this week. In coming weeks, both overpass bridge decks will be constructed up to the last span before crossing over existing US 59. Drill shaft foundations for bridges will be placed in multiple locations and will include drill shaft foundations for the overpass around Spradley Street. Utilities are being placed on the south end of the project with intermittent shoulder closures for utility work.
This project is scheduled to be completed in 2022. The work will include the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road and construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59. The project was designed to meet interstate standards and extends from SH 7 West on SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street on US 59.