After meeting with additional stakeholders on State Loop 287 near Martin Luther King Drive, TxDOT engineers have revised their plans.
The construction project will include partial closure of the crossover at MLK Drive near Ellen Trout Zoo and further south near Holmes Smokehouse Foods. Both crossovers will be modified for westbound left turns only. The crossover between the George H. Henderson Exposition Center and Brookshire Brothers Corporate Office will be removed.
“There were a few stakeholders who were not present at the original meeting a few weeks ago when the decision was made to close the crossover in front of Holmes Smokehouse Foods,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “After meeting with them last week, our engineers agreed that a hooded left turn will be constructed at that crossover as well as the one in front of the zoo.”
Vehicles will no longer be able to cross completely over SL 287 to enter Ellen Trout Zoo, the George H. Henderson Exposition Center or Brookshire Brothers Corporate Office at MLK Drive. The city is scheduled to erect signs directing traffic to the U-turn bridge at the newly constructed US 59 interchange. The project will include delineation and/or raised islands.
This solution will enhance the safety of the loop and create a secure and more controlled access for north/southbound traffic. Traffic needing to access the loop in the opposite directions will travel to the BU 59 interchange U-turn or at the SL 287/Kurth Drive exit ramp. The project is scheduled to be completed by late summer.
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