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LUFKIN – TxDOT is planning to conduct a Public Hearing to receive public comments on the proposed US 59 Corrigan Relief Route (future I-69) on Dec. 14.  The hearing will be held at the Corrigan Camden High School, 504 S. Home Street in Corrigan.
 
An Open House will be held prior to the Public Hearing from 4 – 5:45 pm in a come-and-go format. During the open house, the public is invited to view the displays, maps, environmental documentation, and discuss the project with TxDOT staff.
 
At 6 pm, TxDOT will begin the formal Public Hearing which will include a presentation on the proposed project, environmental review document, and right of way process.  For public comments to be part of the official record, the public can provide verbal comments at the public hearing following the presentation or submit written comments to the Lufkin District by the December 29, 2017.
 
The proposed project involves the construction of a controlled access relief route west of existing US 59 in the City of Corrigan, from 3 miles south of US 287 to 3.4 miles north of US 287 in Polk County.
 
A relief route at Corrigan was identified as a top five priority section for I-69 development by the I-69 Segment Two Committee. The relief route will include:
 
 
  *   New US 59 northbound and southbound main lanes which will have controlled access.  Access to main lanes would be allowed via entrance and exit ramps.
 
*   Newly constructed overpasses along the relief route at Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), US 287 and Union Springs Rd.
 
  *   Additional bridges over several creek crossings.
 
 
An open house was held in 2015 to gather public comments on the proposed route. Using public comments and recommendations from the Value Engineering study, TxDOT made adjustments to the schematic by reducing the project limits, minimizing right of way and improving access at the south end of the project near Laurelia Estates and at the north end of the project near the Old Highway 35 intersection.
 
Once comments are received from the hearing, TxDOT will submit the final schematic and environmental documents for approval. Once approved, right of way appraisals and acquisitions will begin. Currently no construction funds have been allocated for this project, but the current estimate for construction is about $158 million.
 
For more information or special needs accommodations, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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