I-20 Project Starts Monday, June 4, in Martin County


Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: June 1, 2018


STANTON – A 3.5-mile project to resurface a portion of Interstate 20 in Martin County is scheduled to start the week of Monday, June 4. The main lanes will be resurfaced from just west of State Highway 137 to just east of the interchange with Business Interstate 20 on the east side of Stanton.

Overnight lane closures will be needed in this project as drop-offs will be significant in the sections of road that have been milled down for resurfacing. No traffic will be allowed on the milled surfaces in this project.

In addition to the main lane work, the ramps at the SH 137 interchange will be reconstructed as well.

This project will feature a new message board warning system. The system will alert the traveling public of the proper time to merge with other traffic. The desire is to have a “zipper merge” system where both lanes of travel are used for as long as possible. For this to work, motorists will have to be courteous and let others merge into the single lane of traffic. Instead of merging a mile or more from the work zone, “zipper merge” systems let merging occur closer to the work zone. By using both lanes as long as possible, bottlenecks should be reduced as long as motorists cooperate with each other.

Work will begin on the inside (passing) lanes. As the work zone progresses, motorists may see significant traffic pattern changes from one day to the next. Please obey all warning signs and any flaggers encountered in the work zone.

The speed limit will be reduced by 10 miles per hour in the work zones. Extra law enforcement will be requested on this project at various times.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Price Construction of Big Spring won the project with a low bid of $5.8 million.

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