Get ready for some major changes on Highway 59 on the south side of Nacogdoches.  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a pre-construction meeting was held in the Lufkin District office Tuesday morning, signaling the beginning of a construction project in Nacogdoches County.

Work is scheduled to begin this week on the $86.1 million construction project on State Loop 224/US 59 that is designed to construct a four-lane direct connector from State Highway 7 West to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street. The work will include grading, subgrade treatments, concrete paving, asphalt, bridge structures including bridge pilings, utilities, illumination, signage and pavement markings.

The project is designed to eliminate traffic conflicts and improve safety and mobility with the construction of new US 59 southbound and northbound main lanes that will directly connect to Loop 224, just south of Highway 7, extend over the Loop 224/US 59 South intersection and connect back to US 59, just south of Spradley Street. Along with the direct connector bridge,  the project includes overpasses to be constructed at Spradley Street, US 59 and Old Lufkin Road. New frontage roads will be constructed along Loop 224 between Highway 7 and Business 59 and along US 59 between Spradley Street and Old Lufkin Road.

Take a look at the animated flyover video above to see what the finished product should look like come 2024 or so.

Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, TX, will serve as general contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed in four years, weather permitting. During construction, motorists can expect work near the lanes of traffic, lane closures and traffic pattern changes.

“We are excited to be starting this long anticipated project in Nacogdoches County,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “As we begin, motorists can expect that for the next few weeks crews will be off the roadway clearing and moving utilities. This initial work should not interrupt traffic patterns.”

Lighted message boards will display safety messages and announcements near the work zone. Once construction begins near traffic lanes, a work zone speed limit of 40 mph will be set through this project. Motorists are urged to stay alert for moving equipment and obey all traffic control and signage.