ODESSA – Major traffic pattern changes will affect Interstate 20 traffic near FM 1882 (West County Road) and West Loop 338 this summer.
Beginning Monday, May 8, there will be intermittent lane closures on I-20 to remove and replace concrete barriers. The westbound exit ramp for West Loop 338 will be closed beginning May 8. About a week later, the eastbound I-20 entrance ramp located just east of West loop 338 will close.
These closures will last about a month. The closures will allow ramp work and auxiliary lane work to be completed near West Loop 338 as part of the FM 1882 ramp project.
The overall project will adjust ramp locations, build acceleration and deceleration lanes on I-20 and add turn lanes on the frontage roads. This work will help with getting traffic exiting the interstate out of the interstate travel lanes. Pavement will also be rehabilitated in the project area. All of these improvements are being done in the interest of improving traffic flow and safety.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to find alternate routes if possible. Motorists driving through the area are reminded that they must obey all warning signs and any flaggers they see. With high traffic volumes in the area, motorists will be the primary factor for safety in the work zone.
The speed limit in the 2.014-mile area will be reduced to 55 miles per hour on the main lanes and 45 miles per hours on the frontage roads. Law enforcement may be asked to step up enforcement in the area in the interest of public safety.
Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving Contractors of Odessa won the project with a low bid of $10.1 million. The project should be completed this summer.
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