Starting Friday, Jan. 27, motorists accessing I-27 northbound from 26th Avenue just before downtown Amarillo will need to find an alternate route. In addition to ramp improvements, the northbound I-27 roadway will be widened, adding an auxiliary lane. These improvements will enhance the function of the northbound 26th Avenue ramp and the merging of traffic. Lane configuration where the direct connect splits will also be improved.
Construction crews also continue to make improvements to the retaining wall and concrete barrier placement on the downtown connector for motorists accessing I-27 south from I-40 east. Currently, drivers have to exit to the frontage road and go through a traffic light. Once construction of the elevated ramp is complete, motorists will have a true direct connect leaving eastbound I-40 and entering southbound I-27. Depending on weather, it could be spring before crews can place the paving surface. Warm temperatures and higher ground temperatures are needed for this work.
All work related to the downtown connector project is expected to be complete within the month of May. Please remember to slow down, pay attention in construction zones and be aware of the safety of construction workers. TxDOT appreciates your patience as crews work on these improvements.
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