Project to Improve Sand Mine Access on Highway 18


Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: June 27, 2018


WINKLER COUNTY – A privately funded project to add auxiliary lanes and turn lanes on Highway 18 in Winkler County. The location is north of FM 874. Prep work has already started.

The work is being done in the interest of safety for the traveling public as well as associates and customers of Badger Mining Corporation (BMC).

“Since the beginning of our company nearly 70 years ago, safety has always been a corporate value we do not compromise on,” said Martin Lehman, leader of environmental, health, and safety at BMC. “This value extends further than just our associates; it includes all stakeholders of our company, and this road expansion is just one example of that commitment. We look forward to working with TxDOT to improve the road for our Kermit Sand Plant.”

As part of the project, the road will also be rehabilitated. The plant actually has two entrances where the road will be improved. The south entrance will be done first, and then work will move to the north entrance. 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 project is expected to take about two months to be completed.

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. There are currently 10 executed agreements with a combined worth of approximately $15 million.

“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.”

Badger Mining Corporation will pay the costs directly to the contractor. Donation agreement paperwork filed with TxDOT lists a donation agreement value of $2 million.

The road work is being done by FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz.

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