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April 2, 2019

LUFKIN – Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday on a busy roadway and a bridge/flyover in Lufkin that will require closures.

The US 59 Southbound overpass/flyover is scheduled to be closed on Wednesday and Thursday nights so that crews can perform preventative maintenance.

The bridge maintenance is planned from 9 pm to 6 am on Wednesday and Thursday and includes joint sealing on the flyover bridge that will require the closure during work hours. Work is expected to be completed by Friday morning.

Work will also begin Wednesday morning on Business 69 South/Chestnut Drive between Denman Avenue and Timberland Drive. Crews will begin a mill and inlay project that will require alternate lane closures. The project will include mill and inlay work also on SH 103 West at SL 287 and on US 69 at SL 287. Work is expected to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.

Motorists should reduce speed and obey all signage through these work zones. Stay alert for workers, moving equipment and detours that will be in place throughout the work areas.


U.S. 59 speed limit increased

LUFKIN – The Texas Transportation Commission recently approved a change in the speed limit on U.S. 59 South in San Jacinto County.

The speed limit will be increased from 60 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour from the city limits of Shepherd to just south of FM 2914. Crews will place the updated speed limit signs in coming days. The speed limit is enforceable once signs are set.

The Texas Transportation Code empowers the Texas Transportation Commission to alter speed limits on any part of the state highway system as determined from the results of an engineering and traffic investigation conducted on specific segments of the roadway. The newly approved speed limit has been determined to be a reasonable and safe maximum speed for this segment of U.S. 59.

Motorists are urged to obey all traffic control devices, speed limits and stay alert to workers as the new signs are placed.

For more information, contact or 936-633-4395



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Oct. 13, 2016

LUFKIN – A Trinity County TxDOT Maintenance employee is a recipient of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Extra Mile Award after he helped a woman who was trapped in floodwaters recently.

Terry King, a contract inspector with the TxDOT Lufkin District, was honored with the award this week at the 90th Annual Transportation Short Course in College Station hosted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The award is given each year to TxDOT employees who go above and beyond what is expected in stressful situations to help others. Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan and TxDOT Executive Director James Bass presented King with the award.

King was monitoring FM 1280 at Gayle Creek near Lovelady during a spring flood when an elderly woman approached the rising water in a small SUV. King advised the woman not to drive through the water, but she made the decision to attempt to maneuver through the rising water. The SUV was quickly washed from the roadway into a ditch where it became wedged against a fence.

The woman exited her vehicle and was barely able to stand in the rushing water. Seeing her stumble, King quickly positioned his TxDOT truck on the centerline of FM 1280 and exited his vehicle, wading into waist-deep water before reaching the woman. Pushing through the water himself, he took her by the arm, and helped her to the nearby TxDOT vehicle. He was then able to drive his TxDOT vehicle out of the water. The woman was uninjured and her car was towed from the scene.

Lufkin District Engineer Cheryl Flood said she is proud of King and other district employees who display courage and commitment.

This past spring was extremely wet and kept our maintenance personnel very busy insuring the safety of the traveling public in many of our nine counties within the Lufkin District. Though these maintenance employees work all hours of the day and night monitoring high water, they never fail to go beyond their job duties to protect others, Flood said. “Terry King is another example of the dedication that TxDOT employees display in serving the people in East Texas and ensuring their safety.  I’m so proud of Terry’s actions to rescue this woman who exited her vehicle in a fast moving creek and then struggled to remain standing in the swift water. Terry’s quick actions may have averted a tragic ending. He definitely went the extra mile to ensure the woman’s safety, and this recognition is truly deserved.”

King has been employed by TxDOT for 12 years.

For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395. 

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