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TxDOT Commissioners Approve New Construction Projects

AUSTIN, TX — Transportation Commissioners recently met in Austin and approved more than $1.1 billion in new construction projects statewide, with more than $179.1 million approved for the nine-county Lufkin District.

Polk County was approved for $172.8 million, earmarked for the construction of the Corrigan Relief Route. James Construction Group LLC will serve as contractor for the project. The project will bring US 59 to interstate standards with construction of new US 59 northbound and southbound lanes with controlled access that will be constructed on the west side of Corrigan.

The seven-mile project will include overpasses at the 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. The project will be built to promote public safety, improve emergency evacuations, and support freight transport. No timeline for completion has been set.

“Studies for this project began in the 1990s and since was identified as a top priority for development,” said Rhonda Oaks, Public Information Officer. “We are excited to be able to begin this much-needed upgrade around Corrigan. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid to late summer.”

A $5.4-million construction project on FM 1878 was also approved in Nacogdoches County, a bridge replacement project was approved for $458,032.40 in Polk County, and a bridge replacement project was approved for $425,319.60 in CR 4123 at Bear Bayou in Shelby County.

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