FM 1233 Work to Improve Safety and Access for Sand Mine

Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: April 16, 2018

CRANE COUNTY – A privately funded project to add a left turn lane as well as acceleration and deceleration lanes on FM 1233 in Crane County is scheduled to begin the week of April 16, 2018.

The work will be done approximately 3 miles west of FM 1053 at the entrance of the Unimin Corporation sand mine. FM 1053 runs through the western portion of Crane County.

The work is being done in the interest of safety for the traveling public as well as Unimin’s employees and customers.

“Unimin Corporation is dedicated to being both a leading producer of frac sand to the Permian Basin and a standard-bearer in safety, environmental stewardship, and community engagement,” Crane Texas Plant Manager Jordan Taylor said. “As part of our plant construction north of Crane, we identified the opportunity to upgrade a portion of FM1233 near our site entrance. These upgrades will improve the traffic pattern in the area and more importantly, provide for the safety of our neighbors through this portion of FM1233.”

Lane closures will be necessary at times while work is being done. A pilot car will be in use during work hours during the day. The road will be open at night. The work is expected to take less than two months to complete.

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.

 “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.”

Unimin will pay the costs directly. Donation agreement paperwork filed with TxDOT lists a value of a little more than $1 million.

The work is being completed by Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving of Odessa.


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