LUFKIN – Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday on FM 1878/Starr Avenue in Nacogdoches that will require a lane closure on University Drive.
Weather permitting, Drewery Construction, contractor for the $1.7 million LaNana Creek Bridge replacement, will begin placing beams on Tuesday. An outside southbound lane of University Drive will be closed during this work, which is scheduled to continue through Wednesday.
This construction project includes the replacement of the old LaNana Creek Bridge with a new 160-foot bridge that will have four 11-foot lanes, 5-foot shoulders and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the bridge in order to accommodate foot and bike traffic. Included will be the placement of about 200-foot of new pavement at each end of the bridge.
“This closure on University Drive is necessary in the construction process in order to safely set the beams for the new bridge,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “We anticipate the roadway will be confined to one southbound lane both Tuesday and Wednesday. We encourage drivers to reduce their speed and expect delays during peak travel hours.”
The project is on schedule to be completed in early 2018. Detours remain in place through Austin Street/FM 2609. FM 1878/Starr Avenue remains closed to through traffic between BU 59 and FM 1275.
The entrance to Pecan Park is not closed, but the existing walking trail beneath the LaNana Creek Bridge is detoured around Wilson Drive and is delineated for easy identification.