Seminole is a major hub located in the Permian Basin and along a vital transportation corridor that provides connectivity and access to the area’s energy sector. This region also has a large agriculture industry that contributes to the traffic traveling through Seminole. The surrounding area is one of the state's largest cotton producers and the largest peanut producing location in Texas. Due to the amount of semi-truck traffic through the city, the roadway width and congestion at the US 62/385/180 intersection is currently an issue. Therefore, TxDOT is conducting a study intended to improve mobility and ease congestion at the US 62/385/180 intersection in downtown Seminole.
TxDOT, the city of Seminole, and Gaines County have been studying the different options available for relieving the congestion through Seminole. This study focused on the need for a route that semi-trucks could utilize to safely and efficiently move through Seminole. The study analyzed the benefits of utilizing existing and adding new routes to maximize the movement of traffic while minimizing the adverse impacts on the city. The existing roadways were evaluated, funding options were explored and all alternatives were considered, including the option to defer the project. Options 1-3 are described below.
Downloads for Each Option
This option consists of converting the existing US 62/385 into a 3-lane, one-way roadway (northbound) and converting the existing 2nd Street into the other 3-lane, one-way roadway (southbound). This option adds capacity and easier turning movements for semi-trucks. Option 1 is approximately 3.16 miles long and requires 8.9 acres of new right of way and could impact 17 properties; including 1 residential and 4 commercial displacements. The estimated cost of this project is $44 million.
This option consists of leaving the existing US 62/385 as is, but adds a truck relief route on the east side of Seminole. The existing 5th Street would be converted into a 3-lane roadway with one lane in each direction and a center left-turn lane. This option will give trucks an easier route to travel through the city. Option 2 is approximately 2.57 miles long and requires 13.67 acres of new right of way and could impact 28 properties; including 1 commercial displacement. The estimated cost of this project is $21 million.
This option considered the No Build Option, would make no changes to the network. Option 3 would maintain the current highway with improvements to the pavement, sidewalks and lighting. The estimated cost of this project is $20 million.
The purpose of public involvement is to share project information and updates, present proposed schematics of the project and collect input from the community. Public input is a highly valued and an important part of creating improvements to address transportation needs. TxDOT is committed to working closely with the community on all projects to ensure that interested community members have the opportunity to comment, voice concerns, and ask questions.
As a part of the public involvement efforts for this project, TxDOT has created a short survey to receive additional input from the public. Click on the link below to participate in the survey. The survey will be available from Jan. 25, 2021 to Mar. 1, 2021. Your participation is appreciated!
TxDOT Lubbock District
135 Slaton Rd.
Lubbock, TX 79404