Closures Expected on US 59 for Diboll Relief Route


LUFKIN – Closures are expected to begin next week on a major construction project in Angelina County.

Much of the work on the Diboll Relief Route has been off the roadway and out of site of the traveling public, but beginning Tuesday, March 26, motorists should prepare for lane closures in Burke, weather permitting.

The daily closures are scheduled for the southbound side of US 59 for crews to begin widening the pavement for the detour section. On Monday, crews have scheduled a shoulder closure in the Burke area for work off the pavement. Also on Monday, East Street and John Means Road will be closed permanently, as determined by construction plans.

Work will continue throughout the project as crews place embankment on the new ramp adjacent to US 59, FM 2108, and the US 59 Direct Connect. Crews will also be working on Morris Road and FM 1818 and Lumberjack Drive turnarounds. Contractors will place asphalt at various locations throughout the project, and they will pour concrete on the Lumberjack Drive southbound bridge. The new Conner Rd is open for traffic.

The Diboll Relief Route is an 8-mile construction project that began in April 2020, and is on schedule to be completed in 2025, weather permitting.

Sacyr Construction USA, LLC, is serving as a contractor for the $140.8 million construction project. The project consists of the construction of a new freeway location on US 59, from FM 2108 to 1.1 mile south of White Oak Creek. Work includes construction of the new freeway, grading, structures, concrete pavement, and freeway signage.

Motorists are urged to reduce speed, obey all traffic control and work zone speed limits. Stay alert for moving equipment, workers and vehicles moving near the lanes of traffic.

For more information, contact or call (936) 404-7485.

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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