Two major road construction projects and several smaller ones will continue to progress this week, the Texas Department of Transportation announced.

Asphalt is down and sidewalk work has begun on East Austin Street, but the project is not expected to be finished for another three months, TxDOT Lufkin District spokeswoman Rhonda Oaks said.

“Even though a project might look complete, there is usually a few weeks of inspection, clean-up and vegetative establishment,” she said.

East Austin Street is expected to reopen to through traffic in March, and will be a four-lane corridor from North Street to University Drive. To help alleviate congestion, a traffic light is being installed at the Raguet intersection. TxDOT’s $2.9 million widening project began in earnest one year ago, when the section of East Austin from North to Raguet streets closed to through traffic in January 2019.

Also ongoing, but in initial stages, is an $86 million project at U.S. 59 and the south Loop, where a flyover will eventually connect traffic on U.S. 59 directly to the west Loop.

“Crews are preparing the right-of-way and working on drainage structures on this highway improvement project that will construct additional main lanes, overpasses and access roads from state Hwy. 7 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street,” a release from TxDOT said.

Utility relocations began one year ago, and the entire project is expected to be open to traffic in summer 2023, weather permitting. The project is part of an overall plan to transform U.S. 59 into Interstate 69, which will travel along with city’s western edge and continue northward. Once compete, I-69 will stretch 2,680 miles from Mexico to Canada.

Elsewhere in Nacogdoches County, road projects set to begin this week include repairing an overhead flashing light in Appleby, which will require lane closures.

Also expected to cause delays is guardrail work on state Hwy. 21 toward San Augustine, and pavement striping on the south and north portions of Loop 224.

Work is also scheduled on FM 2609 east of Appleby. On FM 226 from state Hwy. 21 to Etoile, crews are establishing vegetation and safety treating fixed objects.

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