MIDLAND – Two significant changes will take place on the Interstate 20 frontage roads at FM 1788 beginning the week of Monday, June 5, 2017.
The first change will see all-way stops put in place for the next three weeks as the old traffic signals are replaced.
The second change will see the frontage roads channeled down to one lane. It may take a few days to change all the quadrants to one-way operations. Westbound traffic will use the north frontage road. Eastbound traffic will use the south frontage road. The lane closures are necessary to rehab the frontage roads. This stage of the project will take about two months.
This is part of a yearlong project that began late last summer. The 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.
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 a prime factor in safety in the work zone.
The speed limit in the 1.2-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.
Concrete traffic barriers will be in place in part of the work zone to help protect work crews.
Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving Contractors of Odessa won the project with a low bid of $11.8 million.
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