Project to Improve Access at Crane County Sand Mine on FM 1053

Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: June 22, 2018

CRANE COUNTY – A privately funded project to add auxiliary lanes and turn lanes on FM 1053 in Crane County south of Interstate 20 is set to begin Monday, June 25, 2018.

As part of the project, the road will also be rehabilitated. Work will be done at two entrances to the plant, which is approximately 5 miles south of I-20. The entrances are nearly a mile apart from each other.

During work, a pilot car will be in use during the day. All lanes are expected to be opened up at night.

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

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.”

US Silica will pay the costs directly to the contractor. Donation agreement paperwork filed with TxDOT lists a donation agreement value of approximately $1.5 million.

The road work is being done by Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving of Odessa. Project completion is expected by the end of the calendar year.


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