MIDLAND COUNTY – A project to improve a 4-mile section of FM 1788 between State Highway 191 and Business Interstate 20 is set to begin later this month. FM 1788 is also known as State Highway 349 in this area.
The projects will accomplish two things. First, it will add a continuous left turn lane to the section north of Loop 40, which will improve safety for turning movements. Second, it will rehabilitate and rebuild the entire stretch of road. The road has deteriorated in recent years thanks to heavy oilfield traffic.
Motorists should expect lanes closures and delays as the project is done. Access to businesses will be maintained as much as possible. Motorists are asked to please obey any warning signs, pilot cars or flaggers they encounter in the work zone.
A reduced speed limit will be in effect. In some areas it will be 50 miles per hour, but much of the project will have a speed limit of 45 miles per hour. The difference is caused by the different speed limits that already exist in the area.
A width restriction of 11 feet will be put in place for the project.
The project is expected to take about nine months to be completed.
Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving Contractors of Odessa won the project with a bid of $6.9 million.
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