Contact: Sonja Gross

Phone: (806) 356-3256

Date: Feb. 1, 2019

Upcoming projects include next segment of SL 335 expansion project

AMARILLO – When it comes to dollars and transportation, January 2019 was a record month for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Amarillo District – letting four projects totaling $100,181,677. One of those projects is the first step in relocating State Loop (SL) 335 west to Helium Road, beginning with the construction of frontage roads from FM 2590 to Interstate 40 – known as Segment B-2 Phase 1.

On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Texas Transportation Commission awarded the bid for this project to Allen Butler Construction Inc. in the amount of $45.8 million. Construction on this 7.9-mile stretch of roadway is expected to begin by this summer with a groundbreaking ceremony in late spring.

Ultimately, this project will tie in to work already underway from I-27 west to Soncy Road, known as Segment B-1 Phase 1. This includes the rebuilding and lengthening of the I-27 bridges over SL 335, an overpass at Coulter Street, as well as ramp improvements and upgrades in preparation for anticipated future projects.

“This puts us well on our way to upgrading the entire loop to a controlled access freeway-type facility that will include mainlanes, ramps, one-way frontage roads, and three-level interchanges at I-40, I-27 and US 87, conditional upon future funding,” says Amarillo District Engineer Brian Crawford. “But for now, this is an important step in easing congestion on Soncy Road while improving mobility and enhancing safety for the traveling public.”

In addition to Segment B-2 Phase 1 of the SL 335 corridor development, the Commission also awarded bids for the following projects:

  • I-40 bridge joints and overlay in Carson County to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. in the amount of $8 million.
  • I-40 overlay in Potter County to RK Hall, LLC, in the amount of $7.7 million.
  • US 54 in Hartley County, converting it to a Super 2 highway to J. Lee Milligan Inc. in the amount of $35.2 million.

In addition to January 2019 being a record-setting month for awarded construction projects, fiscal year 2019 is expected to be a record-setting year for the Amarillo District with a total of approximately $335.56 million.

“These projects are made possible through a variety of funding mechanisms including Propositions 1 and 7, which have enabled us to address not only aging infrastructure, but future needs,” Crawford says. “Our goal is to design, build and maintain a quality transportation system across our 17-county District that will be a great source of pride in the communities we serve.”


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