Replacement of Six Bridges on I-40, East of Amarillo, Begins

Contact: Sonja Gross

Phone: (806) 356-3256

Date: April 2, 2018

AMARILLO – A project designed to improve traffic operations, mobility, and safety along a 4.26-mile portion of the I-40 corridor begins next week as TxDOT prepares to remove and replace six bridges located at Whitaker Road, SL 335 (Lakeside Drive) and FM 1258 (Pullman Road). In addition to the bridge replacements, this project will include:

  • Roadway improvements consisting of overlay work on the interstate’s eastbound and westbound mainlanes from Nelson Street to the US 287 split
  • Reversal of the westbound ramps between Spur 468 (Airport Drive/Juett Attebury Drive) and Whitaker Road
  • Ramp profile modifications of the remaining ramps

In preparation for the bridge work, the right lane of the I-40 eastbound frontage road will be closed just before the Whitaker and Lakeside exits starting Monday, April 2.

On Wednesday, April 4, the right lane of I-40 eastbound, starting just north of the entrance ramp and east of the airport, will be closed at Pullman Road to set portable concrete traffic barriers.

J. Lee Milligan Inc. in Amarillo is the contractor on this $50.4 million construction project, which is expected to take at least three years to complete.

Roadway work zones can be hazardous, both for workers and motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels and lane changes. Motorists are reminded to always be attentive, drive with caution, and always follow posted work zone speed limits. 


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