By Sarah Naron
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – The Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced Monday, Sept. 4 that work on a project designated to reconstruct a portion of State Hwy. 21 in Houston County is scheduled to begin next week.

“The construction project is designed to reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes, improve guardrail design standards and safety treat fixed objects on State Hwy. 21 from FM 1280 to the Madison County Line,” explained TxDOT Spokeswoman Rhonda Oaks.

According to Oaks, Knife River Corporation South of Bryan will serve as the contractor for the project, which has a total cost of $11.9 million and is expected to take 21 months to complete.

“As this project begins, motorists should expect delays and possible detours during construction,” Oaks said. “Motorists are urged to obey all traffic control devices, flaggers and lead cars as they travel through the work areas. Reduce speed and stay alert to nearby workers and moving equipment.”

As Oaks pointed out, traffic fines double in areas in which construction workers are present.

For more information on this and other road construction projects throughout the area, visit www.txdot.gov.