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Detour postings given for Hwy. 59 work in Shepherd
San Jacinto News- Times

LUFKIN – Construction is under way on the project designed to address mobility and safety concerns along U.S. 59 in Shepherd. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says detour postings and electronic message boards are in place to help motorists navigate through the project area. 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. Currently motorists traveling north and south are being rerouted as construction of detours and a connector ramp progresses. The ramp is expected to be completed in December (weather permitting) and southbound traffi c switched to the new facility while construction continues on the overpasses and main lanes. All traffi c is currently detoured south of the railroad underpass to allow for construction of the overpass, which is expected to begin soon. The current northbound confi guration will remain in place for approximately two years. 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. Contractor for the $34 million- plus project is Williams Brother Construction of Houston. Work is expected to take 30 months to complete, weather permitting. TxDOT encourages motorists to allow extra time to reach their destinations and to take alternate routes when possible using the posted detour signs. Caution is advised when traveling through this and all work zones andmotorists are reminded to obey all traffic control devices and to remember that traffic fines double when workers are present.


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