Crews Begin Work to Install New Traffic Signal at Idylwood in Lufkin

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Crews are scheduled to begin work this week for the construction and installation of a new traffic signal on US 69 North at the Idylwood Subdivision.

Allstate Signal & Construction, Cypress TX, will serve as contractor for the construction project that is part of an $899,492 project that includes work at four other locations in the Lufkin District. The work was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission in August 2022. Work is expected to be completed, and the signal activated by mid-June, weather permitting.

The new traffic signal was approved after a recent traffic study indicated that a signal was warranted at this intersection.

“This has been an area of concern and discussion for some time and our traffic engineers have determined the signal will enhance the safety of the traveling public,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “As this work zone is set and crews begin working at this location, we urge motorists to be cautious, reduce speed and observe the Move Over Slow Down law.”

The Move Over Slow Down law dictates that motorists should move to the other lane of traffic when workers are present, or upon entering an active work zone. If no other lane is clear, motorists are required to reduce speed twenty miles-per-hour below the speed limit. The posted speed limit in this section of US 69 North is 55 mph.

As this project begins, motorists are urged to stay alert and reduce speed in the area. Obey all traffic control and prepare for slight delays as work progresses.

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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