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Work on $34 million project on Hwy. 59 in Shepherd progressing
San Jacinto News- Times

SHEPHERD – Designed to address mobility and safety concerns along U.S. 59 in Shepherd, the $34 million overpass project is progressing, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). “Motorists are reminded to use caution when traveling through this and all work zones,” said Public Information Offi cer Kathi White, TxDOT, Lufkin. The project runs 3.4 miles from SH 150 to south of the Union Pacifi c Railroad. It includes constructing detours and connectors, building northbound and southbound overpasses at the Union Pacifi c Railroad, as well as new U.S. 59 main lanes from Ragsdale Springs Road to south of the railroad underpass with a northbound frontage road. Also included in the project, is reconstructing the FM 3460 intersection, southbound frontage road and reconstruction of the existing underpass for local traffi c. According to TxDOT, the north and south bound U.S. 59 main lanes are open but motorists could see some daily lane closures throughout the duration of the project. The contractor for the $34 million-plus project is Williams Brother Construction of Houston. Work is expected to take 30 months to complete, weather permitting with completion expected in spring 2013. Meanwhile, motorists are reminded to allow extra time to reach their destinations as varying work could mean changes to the traffi c pattern. Caution is advised when traveling through this and all work zones and motorists are reminded to obey all traffi c control devices and to remember that traffi c fi nes double when workers are present.


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