LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) — TxDOT announced that the main lanes of U.S. 287 will undergo construction.
According to a release, crews will close the eastbound shoulder of U.S. 287, from west of Reily Street to Bear Creek Crossing, west of U.S. 59. Work is expected to include the construction of temporary asphalt pavement in preparation of an upcoming traffic shift on U.S. 287.
Officials said the traffic switch is expected to occur in March and will include moving traffic from the main lanes of U.S. 287 south onto the temporary asphalt pavement. The traffic switch is reportedly necessary to continue work that will widen U.S. 287 near the Corrigan Relief Route construction.
Construction initially began in late 2023 on the Corrigan Relief Route when Texas Transportation Commissioners approved the $172.8 million construction for Polk County.
The seven-mile project is set to include overpasses at the United Pacific Railroad, U.S. 287 and Union Springs Roads. It will also have an entrance and exit ramps at U.S. 59 tie-ins and at the U.S. 287 overpass.