The Texas Department of Transportation will begin a project to add high-tension cable barriers on the center medians of about 35 miles of roads in the Odessa District.
The barrier is similar to the existing high-tension cable barrier found on the center median of Interstate 20 between Odessa and Midland.
The work will begin in Martin County, then move to Midland County and will wrap up with work in Ector County.
About 7 miles of high-tension cable barrier will be added to the center median on Interstate 20 from FM 818 in Howard County to the east interchange of BI-20 in Stanton in Martin County.
About 7 miles of high-tension cable barrier will be added to the center median of Loop 250 from Highway 191 to Fairgrounds Road.
Nearly 20 miles of the high-tension cable barrier will be added in western Ector County. Interstate 20 will get a center median cable barrier put in place between FM 1053 and the west interchange of Business Interstate 20 in west Odessa.
According to TxDOT, the project is needed because of a high number of crashes that involve vehicles crossing center medians.
Funding is provided through a federal safety program and the project is expected to take about a year to complete.
SCR Civil Construction of Richmond won the project with a low bid of $6.24 million.
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