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Major Construction Project to Begin in Polk County

LUFKIN, TX — A Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) pre-construction meeting was held in the Lufkin District Regional Conference room, signaling the start of a major construction project in Polk County. Engineers, city representatives, consultants, utility, general contractors, environmental, and safety professionals were in attendance to discuss the Corrigan Relief Route that will be constructed on the west side of Corrigan.

Construction of the new roadway is set to begin late in the year. The $172.8-million construction project was designed and will be built to interstate standards and will include construction of new US 59 northbound and southbound lanes with controlled access.

The 6.3-mile project will be from 3.4 miles north of US 287 to three miles south of US 287. Work will include the construction of overpasses at United Pacific Railroad, US 287, and Union Springs Road. Entrance and exit ramps will be added at US 59 tie-ins and at the US 287 overpass and will include the construction of four main lanes for travel. James Construction Group LLC, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will serve as contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed in six years.

“This has been a long-anticipated project in the Lufkin District, and it will be the biggest project as far as funding we have seen so far,” said Rhonda Oaks, Public Information Officer. “We are anxious to see this project begin as are most East Texas residents and those who travel through Corrigan on US 59.”

The Lufkin District will host a groundbreaking event to celebrate the project in early December. The Corrigan Relief Route will be built to promote public safety, improve emergency evacuations, and support freight transport.

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