Traffic Switch Planned in Corrigan Near Project


LUFKIN – A major construction project is scheduled for a traffic shift this week, weather permitting.

The Corrigan Relief Route, being constructed on the west side of Corrigan, will see a traffic switch Thursday, June 20, on US 59. Motorists will be moved to the outside lanes of US 59, both north and southbound at US 287 from south of FM 942 to south of Laurelia Loop, and from FM 1987 to north of FM 1987 in Corrigan. Crews will work to place barriers and temporary pavement on inside lanes through these locations.

“The Corrigan Relief Route is progressing well, and this traffic switch is necessary to move forward with construction,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “Traffic along US 59 will begin to see more equipment and workers as the project continues, and motorists should stay alert and pack some extra patience through this area.”

Construction began on the Corrigan Relief Route in late 2023 after Texas Transportation Commissioners approved the $172.8 million construction for Polk County.

James Construction Group LLC, Baton Rouge LA, is serving as contractor for the project that will bring US 59 to interstate standards with construction of new US 59 northbound and southbound lanes with controlled access around the city of Corrigan.

The 7-mile project will include overpasses at the United Pacific Railroad, US 287, and Union Springs Road; entrance and exit ramps at US 59 tie-ins, and at the US 287 overpass. The project is being built to interstate standards and will enhance safety, improve emergency evacuations, and support freight transport.

Motorists should obey all traffic controls \, reduce speed, and stay alert for moving equipment and workers near the lanes of traffic through this work zone. Traffic fines double when workers are present.

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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