Texas Department of Transportation Press Release
ODESSA - Traffic patterns on Interstate 20 in Ector County will see another major change during the week of April 6 as a repair project continues on the Crane Avenue bridge on the west side of Odessa.
Traffic control barriers will be put in place to have the eastbound lanes serve all I-20 traffic in both directions. Traffic will be separated with concrete traffic barriers. This condition is expected to stay in place for several months as the north end of the bridge is rebuilt.
Speed limits will be significantly lowered in the area due to the traffic shifts required to make repairs on the overpasses. The I-20 speed limit for the Crane Avenue work will be lowered to 50 miles per hour.
There is also a width restriction of 12 feet for loads moving through the area. Concrete traffic barriers that will be in place make that 12-foot width an absolute limit. Wider loads will not be able to navigate the area.
As part of this project, the Highway 385 westbound entrance ramp to I-20 and the FM 1882 eastbound entrance ramp to I-20 will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to the frontage roads. Motorists might find it easier to find alternate routes to access westbound I-20.
Motorists are asked to find alternate routes while work is being done if possible. Safety of both the traveling public and those working on the project is a top priority for TxDOT. Motorists are asked to obey all traffic control plans and all warning signs as well as any flaggers that may be in the area.
The contract to repair the Crane Avenue overpass also includes repairs on the Tank Farm Road overpass in Midland. The total project is scheduled to be completed in December 2016. There is no firm timeline on whether either overpass will open before that date since both structures are being done as a single contract. Reece Albert Inc. won the project with a bid of $7,586,317.41.