Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: March 21, 2019

REEVES COUNTY – A project on U.S. Highway 285 is scheduled to begin the week of March 25, 2019, south of Pecos. This project will begin at Interstate 20 on the north end and stretch for 10.8 miles, ending 2.5 miles south of County Road 113.

This project is designed to add passing lanes through most of the 10.8 miles. Improvements will also be made at FM 1450 and other key intersections to provide turning lanes and other auxiliary lanes. In addition to adding the passing lanes and turning lanes, the project will also rehabilitate the existing road.

The plan is to widen the road first and then rehab other sections of the road. This will keep two lanes open to motorists for the majority of the project. The road may have to be limited to one lane of traffic when major culverts are replaced or repaired along the corridor, and also when working near Interstate 20.

The project will have speed limit reductions of 10 miles per hour from existing speed limits. It will also have width restrictions of 11 feet in the work zone.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2020.

It is extremely important that commercial drivers and the traveling public obey all traffic laws in work zones. Speeding and passing in no passing zones can be deadly. State law requires drivers to obey any warning signs, flaggers, and pilot cars in work zones.

FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz. won the project with a low bid of $18.9 million.

Work is also being done on U.S. Highway 285 between Pecos and the New Mexico state line. Those projects include:

>> FNF Construction is working on a $32 million project between RM 652 (Orla) and the state line.

>> FNF Construction is also working on a $15 million project that stretches from Highway 302 to County Road 232.

>> Johnson Bros. Corp., A Southland Company, of Roanoke, Texas is working on a $31.6 million project between SH 302 and FM 1216 just north of Pecos.

>> Constructors Inc. of Carlsbad, N.M. is working on a $12.5 million project between County Road 232 and RM 652 (Orla).


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