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Old Lufkin Road to reopen by end of week

Old Lufkin road will reopen to public use after being under construction since the Spring.
Old Lufkin road will reopen to public use after being under construction since the Spring.(all use)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 6:55 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 8:20 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Nacogdoches residents can expect to travel again on Old Lufkin Road by the end of the week.

Relief is expected for local commuters as the construction on Old Lufkin Road will come to an end this week. TxDOT Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks said it has been closed since March.

“It’s a heavy traffic area through the entire intersection of this interchange where we are building new US 59 main lanes,” Oaks said.

The project is still in phase one construction at the US 59 flyover in south Nacogdoches. At Loop 224 and US 59, heavy congestion has been common. There are still likely to be backups until the project is completed.

“I wish I could say things are moving faster, but they are moving along well. And they are progressing well. I know everyone wants to see this project finished and we are looking at completion in the spring of 2023,” Oaks said.

Traffic will shift minimally at Spradley Street, including the closing of crossovers. Despite the constant construction, businesses in the area have learned to adapt in order to maintain a level of normalcy.

Eduardo Martinez, General manager of Hampton Inn and Suites Nacogdoches, said people are ready for the end of construction.

“Right now it’s been improved a lot, so it’s changed a lot,” Martinez said. “We are ready for it just to be over, of course, because right now we know there are going to be more roads that are going to be closing and ... we just have to go through it pretty much at this time and just ... it doesn’t affect us as much right now.”

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