Loop 281 Expansion Set To Begin January

Loop 281 in Longview will undergo a facelift starting in January.

From Shofner Drive to 259, the loop will be widened to six lanes. Raised medians will also be added as a safety precaution to control where drivers make left turns.

The project will take place in two phases and is expected to be done by the fall of 2011. City officials say the expansion is necessary to accommodate Longview's growth.

Tracy Watler, twatler@kltv.com, reporting