Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: June 15, 2018

REEVES COUNTY – A third project on U.S. Highway 285 in northern Reeves County is scheduled to begin the week of June 18, 2018. This project will begin at RM 652 in Orla and go to the New Mexico state line.

This project is designed to add passing lanes throughout the 13.3 miles. Improvements will also be made at key county road intersections to provide turning lanes. The project will also rehabilitate the road.

The plan is to widen the road first, and the rehab other sections of the road. This will keep two lanes open to motorists for the majority of the project.

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.

Night work is likely for concrete pours at culvert extensions. Saturday work will also happen frequently. The plan calls for the road to be open on holidays.

The project is scheduled to be completed in early 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 $32,027,183.64. This is the second project on the U.S. Highway 285 corridor that FNF Construction is working on. FNF is also working on a $15 million project that stretches from Highway 302 to County Road 232.

Constructors Inc. of Carlsbad, N.M., is also working on a $12.5 million project on U.S. Highway 285 between County Road 232 and RM 652 in Orla.

A fourth project going from County Road 232 to FM 1216 is also expected to begin this summer, but a construction timeline is still being worked out. Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company based in Fort Worth, won that project with a low bid of $31.6 million.


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