Project Making Major Improvements to US 385/SH 86

Contact: Dianah Ascencio

Phone: (806) 748-4472

Date: July 25, 2018

DIMMITT – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is set to begin work on a project that will make major improvements to US 385 and SH 86 in the city of Dimmitt. The $16.2 million project will completely rebuild the existing roadways. Project limits are:

US 385—north of the railroad tracks to just north of FM 3215

SH 86—just west of Western Circle to East Jones Street.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 1. Contractor J. Lee Milligan, Inc., of Amarillo, is scheduled to begin setting traffic barriers this week, said Heath Bozeman, P.E., TxDOT Plainview area engineer.

“We know this project going to affect local traffic,” Bozeman said. “The scope of the work—complete reconstruction of two major roads and the city’s busiest intersection—is a huge task, but much needed with the increased traffic over the past few years. Our goal is to make sure we get the work done in the safest and most efficient way possible.”

Motorists should anticipate various lane closures and detours on both US 385 and SH 86 throughout construction, Bozeman said.

“Construction work is anticipated to take three years to complete and is set up to be done in phases with work beginning on the northbound US 385 lanes, near FM 3215, at the southern end of project limits,” Bozeman said. “Improvements being made to the US 385/SH 86 intersection will have the biggest impact on local traffic. Drivers can expect slow moving traffic and delays and are advised to seek alternative routes around the construction zone.”

Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone, since crews will be working in close proximity to traffic and should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
  • Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Be patient. Delays from roadway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.

The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2021.


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