Contact: Gene Powell
Phone: (432) 498-4746
Date: April 20, 2020
CRANE COUNTY – A project is starting this month to improve a 12.7-mile section of U.S. Highway 385 between the communities of Crane in Crane County and McCamey in Upton County.
The ultimate plan is to make U.S. Highway 385 a four-lane divided highway between Crane and McCamey. This project is the second of three projects to accomplish that goal. This segment stretches from Lilly Lane in Crane to Castle Gap Road, which is the northern limit of the first project that is still under construction.
The first segment is from Castle Gap Road to the Upton County line.
The first stage of the new project will include building the new section of road. Much of that work can be done without affecting existing traffic. It will be several months before motorists see any type of change in traffic patterns.
Once the new road is constructed, it will be tied into the existing road and traffic will be moved to the new road. That will be the time of the biggest traffic pattern changes. The transition period may feature pilot cars as well flaggers.
Once traffic is moved over, the existing road will be closed to traffic and rehabilitated. Again, phasing the project like this minimizes any negative effects on traffic patterns. Separating the construction zone from motorists also improves safety for contractors as well as motorists.
The project is expected to take about two years to complete. Project completion is expected in Summer 2022.
DelHur Industries Inc. of Andrews won the job with a low bid of a little more than $36.6 million.
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