Virtual public meeting focuses on Highway 18 in Ward, Pecos counties

TxDOT seeks public input on corridor needs regarding safety and mobility

The Odessa District of Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a virtual public meeting regarding proposed improvements to Highway 18 in Ward and Pecos counties, a press release detailed.

The virtual public meeting is reportedly scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. July 28. Following the virtual public meeting, the presentation will remain available for viewing through Aug. 12.

The proposed project would go from Loop 464 south of Monahans in Ward County to Business Interstate 10 in Fort Stockton in Pecos County, the press release stated. The proposal consists of the following:

>> Widen this portion of Highway 18 and make it a four-lane divided highway with two lanes in each direction as well as both inside and outside shoulders;

>> Include a wide center median and/or barrier; and

>> Provide median openings as needed based on traffic data.

The proposed project is reportedly 46 miles long. It has not been determined how much additional right of way may be required or whether the project will involve construction in wetlands or floodplains.

To log into the virtual public meeting, go to www.txdot.gov and keyword search “SH 18 South Virtual Public Meeting.” The online meeting room will open at 5 p.m. July 28 and be available through Aug. 12. The meeting will consist of a virtual room and will include both audio and visual components. The virtual public meeting webpage will feature maps and exhibits for the public to review and comment on. The public may submit comments using any of the following methods:

Online comment form found at www.TxDOT.gov, keyword search “SH 18 South Virtual Public Meeting”. Email: SH18South@projectinformation.com. Mail comment form to: BGE Inc., Attn: SH 18 South, 2595 Dallas Parkway, Suite 101, Frisco TX 75034.
Comments must be received or postmarked by July 23 to be included in the official record of this virtual public meeting.