Project to Improve Access at Ward County Sand Mine

Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: June 22, 2018

MONAHANS – A privately funded project to add auxiliary lanes on the south service road of Interstate 20 east of Monahans in Ward County is set to begin later this month.

The work will be done at the entrance of the Wisconsin Proppants sand mine in Ward County. The entrance is located across the interstate from Monahans Sandhills State Park. Work will also be done to widen the section of the service road that goes under the overpass.

The work is being done in the interest of safety for the traveling public as well as employees and customers of Wisconsin Proppants.

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 to 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.”

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

The roadwork is being done by Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving of Odessa. Project completion is expected this summer.


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