Project to Improve Access at Sand Mine on Highway 115

Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: Feb. 1, 2019

WINKLER COUNTY – A privately funded project will start the week of Feb. 4, 2019. The project will add auxiliary lanes, shoulders, and a left turn lane on Highway 115 in Winkler County, approximately 1.5 miles northeast of FM 874. The project will consist of widening the roadway, overlaying the entire roadway, and adding new signs and striping to accommodate the new lane designations.

The work is being done in the interest of safety for the traveling public as well as associates and customers of High Roller Sand, a frac sand company.

During work, lane closures and a pilot car could be in use during the day. All lanes are expected to be opened up at night. The project is expected to take about two months to be completed.

High Roller Sand will pay the costs directly to the contractor. Donation agreement paperwork filed with TxDOT lists a donation agreement value of $1 million. The road work is being done by FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz.

"High Roller Sand is pleased to work with TXDOT to do its part in improving the highway infrastructure and improve safety for the communities we serve," said Jake Bender. Bender is the chief financial officer of High Roller Group LLC, High Roller Sand’s parent company.

TxDOT is working on more than a dozen different projects involving sand mines in the region. Many of the companies are working on agreements to pay for improvements at locations that expect to see heavy commercial truck traffic totaling hundreds of vehicles a day. There are currently 10 executed agreements with a combined worth of approximately $15 million.

“We are committed to establishing effective partnerships with companies who need improvements in access and transport operations at their facilities,” Odessa District Engineer John Speed said. “It’s an indicator of deep commitment to the safety of their employees and their neighbors. The cost of these types of improvements can easily exceed seven figures, so it’s significant when a company is willing pay for them. These road changes will reduce the chances that accidents might occur around their facilities, so we’re thrilled to have this kind of partner in transportation safety.”


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