A stretch of Highway 69 between Lumberton and Kountze is currently being paved along with the addition of a center turn lane and widening of the existing lanes. The $7.5 million project is being completed by the contractor APAC. Sarah Dupre, Public Information Officer at TxDOT – Beaumont District, says “We’re always looking to make our highways safer. There are a lot of driveways along that stretch. The center lane will make it safer.” The project is expected to be completed by the beginning of November, weather permitting.