TxDOT Urges Motorists to Stay Alert for Pedestrians Near Trinity River Bridge


LUFKIN – TxDOT would like to express its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Audrii Cunningham whose body was discovered Tuesday near US 59 at the Trinity River Bridge in Polk County.

The agency understands the need and desire of the public to express their sympathy with condolences and remembrances at the scene where she was found. For the safety of all motorists and pedestrians, TxDOT urges the public to refrain from leaving vehicles on the shoulder, placing any remembrances, ribbons, signs, flowers or toys on US 59, the bridge or bridge railings of the Trinity River Bridge.

“Because safety is our priority, we ask all motorists to be alert for pedestrians through this area in coming days. We also urge pedestrians to refrain from stopping or parking near the roadway. We understand those who would like to leave remembrances of Audril, but we urge pedestrians to refrain from parking or exiting their vehicles near US 59, or leaving condolences on the bridge,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer.

Crews will patrol the area in coming days and monitor the condolences that are placed near the roadway or left near the scene.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov 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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