Texas Department of Transportation contractor Reece Albert, Inc. was recently awarded an $8.1 million dollar project to add passing lanes to US 83 starting at the Concho County line south of Eden and ending at US 190 in Menard. This 10.7 mile stretch will see the addition of six passing lanes. Work is expected to begin this fall and take 14 months to complete.
Differing from the passing lanes recently added to US 277 between San Angelo and Sonora, which are staggered, the addition of passing lanes on US 83 will make the highway four-lane undivided in these sections. A variety of factors were taken into consideration when determining where the passing lanes would be constructed. These included terrain, limited right-of-way, and existing structures, such as bridges. These passing lanes will also be longer stretches – in some locations up to two miles. This will allow travelers ample time to pass slower vehicles safely.
US 83 has seen an increase in traffic in recent years. Traffic count studies from 2013 show the average daily vehicle count at 3,600 between Eden and Menard. Heavy trucks currently represent 41% of the daily total of vehicles, or 1,476 trucks. Twenty-year traffic projections indicate a count of 5,000 vehicles per day.
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