LUFKIN - The boat ramp on US 84 at the TX/LA state line in Haslam will be opened on weekends beginning this weekend as construction continues on the US 84 bridge that crosses the Sabine River.
The ramp will remain closed during weekday demolition of the existing bridge, since traffic is now traveling on the newly constructed eastbound bridge. Once the demolition is complete and construction of the new westbound bridge begins, there are plans to open the boat ramp daily but boaters could experience intermittent closures throughout the construction project.
Those using the boat ramp are urged to enter the boat ramp with caution as there could be equipment and workers in close proximity to where boaters will be launching a boat or parking a vehicle.
"We want to accommodate the area because we know this is a recreational area as well as a popular sand bass fishing area," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer with the Lufkin District. "Opening only on weekends during the demolition will address that, but we want people to understand that going forward as the ramp is opened daily during construction of the new bridge, they may still experience some ramp closures. Safety is our number one goal and that is what we consider first in the decision to open or close the boat ramp."
Motorists are urged to obey all signage and reduce speed through the work area. Traffic fines double while workers are present.