Odessa – Three major grant announcements totaling a little more than $90 million have made things feel and look like Christmas around the Odessa District of TxDOT. The grants will pay for everything from overpasses to median barriers and safety projects across the district’s 12 counties.
The largest allocation to the Odessa District was $51.66 million for six locations. It is part of the state’s $166 million Systemic Median Barriers program. The project will put nearly 150 miles of median barriers across the district. The project is expected to let in August 2019.
The sites include:
- 92.7 miles of concrete barrier on Interstate 20 from FM 1053 in Ector County to I-10 in Reeves County ($37.3 million);
- 29.2 miles of cable barrier on US 385 in Ector and Andrews counties from near Southeast Avenue E in Andrews to the Yukon Road area in Ector County ($5.9 million);
- 12 miles of cable barrier on Business Interstate 20 in Ector and Midland counties from East Loop 338 to West Loop 250 ($2.4 million);
- 7.3 miles of cable barrier on Loop 338 in Ector County from near US 385 to near Highway 191 ($2.7 million);
- 4 miles of cable barrier on West Loop 338 from near Yukon to near 16th Street ($2.7 million);
- 3.6 miles of cable barrier on West Loop 250 in Midland from near Highway 191 to near I-20 ($700,000).
The largest single location project earned a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation grants. The $25 million awarded to the Odessa District will pay for an overpass at Highway 302 and Highway 115 in Kermit (Winkler County). In related news, the San Angelo District also got a $25 million BUILD grant to build an overpass at Highway 158 and Highway 137 west of Garden City in Glasscock County. Both BUILD grants address key areas of energy sector activity. This project is tentatively scheduled to go to bid in May 2020.
In addition, the Odessa District also got $14.7 million from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. The Odessa District has 23 locations that will get various safety improvements. Here is a list of project descriptions, cost estimates, and letting years:
- Overpass at Highway 115 and FM 181 in Andrews County; cost estimate $8.5 million; lets in 2022.
- Center median barrier on Highway 191 from East Loop 338 in Ector County to West Loop 250 in Midland County; cost estimate $2.3 million; lets in 2020.
- Traffic signal at I-20 and Highway 137 in Martin County; cost estimate $579,000; lets in 2020.
- Traffic signal, advance warning signals/signs and safety lighting at Highway 385 at 87th Street in Ector County; cost estimate $797,000; lets in 2020.
- Safety lighting along Highway 18 from Loop 464 to West 36th Street in Ward County; cost estimate $624,000; lets in 2020.
- Safety lighting at 11 intersections; cost estimate of approximately $650,000; lets in 2020. Locations are: FM 1053 and FM 1233 in Crane County; FM 1788 and West County Road 160 in Midland County; RM 652 at County Road 300 in Loving County; Highway 115 and Highway 128 in Andrews County; East Loop 338 and West 87th Street in Ector County; Highway 285 and RM 652 in Reeves County; Highway 349 and County Road 173E in Upton County; Highway 349 and East County Road 135 in Midland County; Highway 349 and RM 3200 in Martin County; FM 307 and FM 1379 in Midland County; and Highway 137 at FM 307 in Midland County.
- Add left turn lane and improve traffic signals at Highway 385 and South Loop 338 in Ector County; cost estimate $267,000; lets in 2020.
- Intersection flashing beacon, advance warning signals and safety lighting at FM 869 and FM 1934 in Reeves County; cost estimate $117,000; lets in 2020.
- Intersection flashing beacon at Loop 250 and A Street in Midland County; cost estimate $44,000; lets in 2020.
- Approximately 63 miles of centerline and edge profile pavement markings (rumble strips on edge and in center of road); cost estimate $640,000; lets half in 2020 and half in 2022. Locations are: 21 miles from Highway 115 to Highway 181 in Andrews County; 16.3 miles on Highway 349 from Crockett County line to Interstate 10 in Pecos County; 24.7 miles on Highway 90 from the Pecos County line to approximately 14 miles east of Highway 285 in Terrell County.
While general letting years are noted above for HSIP projects, the Odessa District will work toward accelerating as many projects as possible.