MIDLAND – A project to rebuild a little more than three miles of Highway 349 in Midland County is expected to start Sunday, June 4, 2017. The first stage of the project will be done at night and will have a significant impact on traffic patterns during the day as well. The night work will be done Sunday through Thursday. No work will be done on Friday night or Saturday night.
The first stage of the project will require one-way frontage roads near the intersection of State Highway 349 and the Interstate 20 frontage roads. The frontage roads will be reduced to one lane while work is being done in the intersections. The south frontage road will always be designated for eastbound traffic; the north frontage road will always be designated for westbound traffic.
In addition to the changes on the frontage roads, traffic flowing north and south will have significant changes as well. With two lanes closed for repaving, the remaining two lanes will be split for travel in both directions. As the project continues, traffic control changes could possibly change from one day to the next.
The first stage of the project is expected to take about three weeks.
After the frontage road intersections are done, the rest of the project will be done during the day. The project calls for rebuilding the pavement from I-20 to the area around County Road 140. Traffic will be shifted to inside lanes first while work is being done on the outside lanes. Then the work will switch with traffic on the outside lanes and work being done on the inside lanes.
Access to businesses will be maintained as much as possible, though there may be some short duration closures. Businesses will be contacted before those closures happen.
Speed limits will be 10 miles per hour lower than normal during the project. A width restriction of 10 feet will be in place during the project.
With heavy traffic in the area, law enforcement will be requested to step up enforcement in the area. Motorists are asked to take alternate routes if possible. Delays should be expected. Motorists are reminded that the law requires them to obey any warning signs, pilot cars or flaggers they encounter in the work zone.
Price Construction of Big Spring won the project with a low bid of approximately $3.7 million. The entire project should take about six months to complete.
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