MIDLAND COUNTY – Several changes in traffic patterns will occur over the next few months as the final stages of the project on FM 1788 between Highway 191 and Highway 158 are completed.
The project is poised to take a major step forward. Weather permitting, work is scheduled later this month to level off lanes on both ends of the 5.4-mile project. Repairs will also be made to spot locations throughout the project length.
Once that work is done, lanes closures will be put in place to allow for paving. These closures will be about 2 miles long. Access to driveways and roads will be maintained, but delays are likely. Overnight closures will be necessary at times. Those closures should be respected because there might be pavement drop-offs in the closed lanes.
Traffic will open in both directions, but delays are possible. Motorists are reminded that they must obey warning signs and flaggers as well as any pilot cars that may also be in use.
Alternate routes are strongly encouraged.
TxDOT is asking the traveling public to help keep the work zone safe. A 45 mph speed limit is in effect throughout the project. At this stage, there is only one lane of traffic flowing in each direction. In the interest of safety, we’re asking the Department of Public Safety to step up enforcement.
Ultimately, the project will widen FM 1788 to five lanes between Highway 191 and the Craddick Highway (SH 349 reliever route). The project will also widen FM 1788 to three lanes between the Craddick Highway and Highway 158. Having a continuous turn lane on FM 1788 between Highway 191 and Highway 158 will improve access to county roads and businesses in the area and also improve safety.
Work is scheduled to be completed in April 2017.
Price Construction LTD. of Big Spring won the project with a low bid of $17.3 million.
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