Demolition and Reconstruction of I-40 Bridge in Bushland Set to Begin


Contact: Sonja Gross

Phone: (806) 356-3256

Date: Aug. 18, 2017


Traffic to be moved off westbound I-40 starting Saturday morning

AMARILLO, TX – Demolition of the westbound bridge on Interstate 40 at RM 2381 in Bushland is set to begin Monday, Aug. 21. In preparation for the demolition, RM 2381 will be closed under the interstate as early as 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Westbound I-40 traffic will be detoured to the Bushland exit where it will cross over RM 2381 on the frontage road, then back onto the interstate. Eastbound I-40 traffic will not be affected by this project.

Although westbound interstate traffic is being allowed to travel through the RM 2381 intersection without stopping, motorists are reminded to proceed through the intersection with caution.

“With the continuous flow of traffic through this intersection and the presence of heavy equipment and ongoing construction, pedestrian traffic through this intersection is strongly discouraged,” says Area Engineer Randy Hochstein.

Hochstein also encourages area residents to use identified detours rather than navigating through residential areas.

“It’s a matter of safety to the area residents, and we also need to minimize potential damage to residential streets that could come as a result of additional traffic,” he says.

Local motorists are reminded that southbound RM 2381 traffic is detoured west to Adkisson Road, and northbound RM 2381 traffic is detoured east to Arnot Road.

The contract with J. Lee Milligan Inc. came in 26 percent under budget at $1.3 million, and the contractor has 60 working days to complete the entire project. However, a 45-working day milestone, worked into the contract, will most likely have traffic back on the westbound I-40 bridge even sooner.

Until then, drivers are reminded to slow down, pay attention in construction zones, and be aware of the safety of construction workers.

The bridge was damaged in late February when a semitruck veered off the interstate, striking the westbound bridge.

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