The Texas Department of Transportation is alerting motorists of a major detour that will be happening for the next 8 months on Highway 59.  This traffic switch will take place just north of the city limits of Corrigan, Texas in Polk County.

This construction project is scheduled to begin this Monday (May 23).  The detour will affect traffic on Highway 59 from just north of Piney Creek to just north of Old Highway 35.  According to TxDOT officials, southbound traffic on Highway 59 will be detoured into the northbound inside lane during daytime operations. This traffic pattern will continue for up to four months during daytime work hours.

Once work is completed on the southbound side, northbound traffic on Highway 59 will then be detoured daily into the southbound inside lane during work hours. Until project completion, this traffic pattern will remain in place for approximately four months.

Vulcan Materials Asphalt and Construction, LLC, Conroe TX, will serve as the contractor for the $6.2 million construction project that will reconstruct and improve the safety of the roadway. Completion of the project is set for January 2023, weather permitting.

Message boards and signs alerting motorists to the detour are in place. Motorists should stay alert, reduce speed, and obey all traffic control in the area. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.

Hopefully, there is some good news on the horizon.  The bridge reconstruction on FM 2497 (Diboll Cut-off) is expected to be completed in late May or early June.  Perhaps, that road will be open to through traffic very soon.

For statewide road conditions and closures, visit drivetexas.org.

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