Contact: Gene Powell
Phone: (432) 498-4746
Date: May 6, 2020
KERMIT – A project to rehabilitate more than 24 miles of Highway 302 will begin this month. The project will also widen certain sections of the road to provide continuous alternating passing lanes.
The entire project stretches for approximately 24.4 miles, begins at FM 181 in Ector County and ends at County Road 313 in Winkler County. The section that is four lanes will be reconstructed. The sections that are two lanes will get continuous alternating passing lanes and be reconstructed as well. Areas that are already three lanes will also be reconstructed.
A four-foot buffer will also be put in place between opposing lanes to offer a safer driving experience.
The plan calls for two-way traffic to be maintained throughout the life of the project. Any stops in traffic will be short term and only exist long enough for traffic control devices to be moved into place. There will be times when lanes are closed on the four-lane section.
Culvert and drainage work will be done in the early stages of the project. A width restriction and a reduced speed limit will be put in place as well. Increased law enforcement may also be present.
Motorists are reminded that state law requires them to obey warning sings, flaggers and traffic control devices. TxDOT is committed to providing a safe work environment for contractors as well as for the traveling public. It is crucial that the traveling public participate in this safety culture so everyone can go home safely at the end of the day.
The project is scheduled to take two years to be completed. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2022.
FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz., won the project with a low bid of a little more than $63.3 million.