Work Zone to Impact Traffic on Relief Route Construction


LUFKIN – As work progresses on the Corrigan Relief Route being constructed on the west side of Corrigan, motorists will experience a work zone near the main lanes of US 287.

In coming days, crews will close the eastbound shoulder of US 287, from west of Reily Street to Bear Creek Crossing, west of US 59. Work will include the construction of temporary asphalt pavement in preparation of an upcoming traffic shift on US 287. The traffic switch is estimated to occur in March, weather permitting, and will include moving traffic from the main lanes of US 287, south onto the temporary asphalt pavement. The traffic switch will be necessary to continue work that will widen US 287 near the Corrigan Relief Route construction.

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

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

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 promote public safety, improve emergency evacuations, and support freight transport.

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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