Newly Completed Left-Turn Lanes to Open Friday


Contact: Rhonda Oaks

Phone: (936) 633-4395

Date: Nov. 30, 2017


Newly configured left turn only lanes on SL 287/North Medford Drive in Lufkin will be reopened to motorists Friday.

Work is complete and barricades will be removed Friday afternoon, opening the redesigned lanes to the public. The left turn only lanes were previously crossovers and were redesigned to enhance the safety of the roadway and will benefit the traveling public.

The left turn only lanes are located in front of the Ellen Trout Zoo/George H. Henderson Exposition Center at MLK Drive and at Holmes Smokehouse. Both crossovers were modified to left turn only lanes. The left turn only movement is for westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic will not be allowed to cross, but will be directed to the U-turn bridge at BU 59 North. The crossover in front of Brookshire Brothers Corporate Office was removed.

“The reconfiguration of what were once crossovers to left turn only lanes will greatly enhance the safety on this side of the loop,” said Rhonda Oaks, district spokesperson. “It will create a secure and more controlled access for north and southbound traffic and those who are entering or leaving the zoo or exposition center.”

Work on this project was done by the Angelina County Maintenance Department. The city is scheduled to install signs that will direct and inform motorists of the proper routes for turnaround.

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