The Texas Department of Transportation has released details on a virtual pre-construction meeting that was held by the Lufkin Area Office Thursday, May 27.  This signals the beginning of a new construction project that will widen FM 841/Ford Chapel Road in Angelina County.

Photo Credit/Garrett Aitken
Photo Credit/Garrett Aitken

The $5.2 million will include a 5-mile section of FM 841/Ford Chapel Road beginning inside State Loop 287 at FM 325/East Lufkin Avenue and continuing to US 69 South.

Work will include providing additional surface width from the current 20-feet to 28-feet, placing an overlay inside the loop, mill and inlay the roadway beneath Loop 287, widening and rehabilitating the roadway outside the loop and upgrading guardrail to design standards. New signage, driveway improvements, profile pavement markings outside SL 287 and realignment of the FM 1475 intersection are also included in the project plans.

“This is a very busy roadway with several residences and businesses throughout the project area and near SL 287,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “Motorists should stay alert as they travel this section of roadway and as they exit the loop at businesses near the Ford Chapel Road intersection. Traffic delays in this area should be expected as work progresses.”

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Crews will begin setting barricades June 10 with construction scheduled to begin the same week. A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., Buffalo TX, will serve as contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed in December 2022, weather permitting.

As this project begins, motorists are urged to obey the work zone speed limit and obey all traffic control in place. Reduce speed, stay alert and prepare for delays through the work zone. Fines double when workers are present.


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