The Texas Department of Transportation issued a press release that detailed a project is scheduled to begin in May that will feature improvements at two key intersections.
The improvements reportedly include the creation of a left turn lane and signal head improvements on South Loop 338 at Highway 385 in Odessa and the installation of traffic signals on the Interstate 20 service roads at East Loop 250 in Midland.
Work will begin with the addition of a left turn lane and left turn signal on South Loop 338 at Highway 385 south of Odessa, the press release stated. This will require restriping the road and swapping out traffic signal heads. Lane closures will be needed, but should be of relatively short duration. A thin asphalt overlay will obliterate the current striping and improve the road surface.
The installation of traffic signals at East Loop 250 and the Interstate 20 service roads will reportedly be the largest change made in the project. Lane closures will be needed at times in the area to accommodate a safe work zone. A four-way stop will remain in place on both service roads at East Loop 250 while that project is being worked on. A width restriction of 11 feet will be put in place in the work zone.
The overall project will also make improvements at other locations across the 12-county Odessa District, the press release stated. Signal cabinet upgrades and vehicle detection systems will be added at the following locations:
>> U.S. Highway 385 and North Avenue G in Andrews.
>> U.S. Highway 285 and Nelson Street in Fort Stockton.
>> U.S. Highway 285 and FM 1053 in Fort Stockton.
>> Highway 18 and Highway 302 in Kermit.
>> FM 761 and Washington Street in Pecos.
All segments of the project are scheduled to be completed this summer.
Willis Electric of Abilene won the project with a low bid of a little more than $1.04 million.