Contact: Gene Powell
Phone: (432) 498-4746
Date: Jan. 12, 2018
ODESSA – A privately funded project to add acceleration and deceleration lanes on Highway 302 in Winkler County is set to begin the week of Jan. 15, 2018.
The work will be done at the entrance of Black Mountain Sand’s Vest Mine in Winkler County. The entrance is about 7.3 miles west of the Ector County line. The mine’s name is rooted in the ranching history of the region, honoring a family who homesteaded a Winkler County ranch that has lasted for generations.
The work is being done in the interest of safety for the traveling public and Black Mountain Sand’s employees and customers.
TxDOT is working on more than a dozen different projects involving sand mines in the region. Many of the companies are working on agreements to pay for improvements at locations that expect to see heavy commercial truck traffic totaling hundreds of vehicles a day.
“We are committed to establishing effective partnerships with companies who need improvements in access and transport operations at their facilities,” Odessa District Engineer John Speed said. “It’s an indicator of deep commitment to the safety of their employees and their neighbors. The cost of these types of improvements can easily exceed seven figures, so it’s significant when a company is willing pay for them. These road changes will reduce the chances that accidents might occur around their facilities, so we’re thrilled to have this kind of partner in transportation safety.”
Black Mountain Sand will pay the costs directly. Donation agreement paperwork filed with TxDOT lists a donation agreement value of $2 million.
The work is being completed by FNF Construction of Tempe, Arizona. FNF has been doing TxDOT projects for about three years. In the Odessa District, FNF has worked on I-20 and SH 158 and has a current project on US 285 in Reeves County.
The project is scheduled to be completed in February.
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