FM 874 Work to Improve Access at Sand Mine

Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: June 15, 2018

WINKLER COUNTY – A privately funded project to add turning lanes and auxiliary lanes on FM 874 in Winkler County is set to begin later this month.

The work will be done at the entrance of Atlas Sand’s mine in Winkler County. The entrance is located on FM 874 approximately 1.7 miles west of SH 115.

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

“Winkler County is quickly becoming the frac sand hub of the Permian Basin. TxDOT has been an excellent partner in establishing an infrastructure solution that will alleviate traffic and safety concerns at our facility,” said Chris Scholla, vice president of supply chain and logistics for Atlas Sand. “This partnership with TxDOT is another example of Atlas Sand’s dedication to enriching our local communities.”

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.”

Atlas Sand will pay the costs directly. Donation agreement paperwork filed with TxDOT lists a donation agreement value of approximately $1 million.

The road work is being done by Danny’s Asphalt of Odessa. Project completion is expected this summer.


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