Two Busy Crossovers Closed in Lufkin for Construction


LUFKIN – Motorists should be reminded to obey all traffic control during an ongoing construction project that impacts two turnarounds on SL 287/Ellen Trout Drive in Lufkin.

One northbound lane is closed today as crews work to add concrete islands to the crossovers. The two crossovers affected are located at MLK Drive/Ellen Trout Zoo and north of that location near Holmes Smokehouse. These crossovers will be closed until construction is complete.

During these closures, motorists are urged to travel to either turn around at the US 69 North overpass or to the US 59/North Timberland Drive overpass.

“Many motorists, truck drivers and bus drivers use these crossings each day and we are aware of the congestion it is causing further north at the FM 2251/Sayers Street crossing,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “For that reason, we urge motorists to prepare and plan ahead if they need to turn around to access a location, go to either one of the turnarounds near these locations.”

Once work is completed, traffic will be controlled in the same way as the crossing at Spence Street, further north of these two locations. As crews continue to work, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures through the area. The crossovers are expected to be completed and open by next week, weather permitting.

Motorists should prepare for delays, stay alert for workers near the lanes of traffic, and reduce speed. For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395.

Rhonda Oaks
Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.

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