A Note on Wide Load Permits

To tackle road improvements faster and to provide a safer work environment for work zone workers, the Odessa District is asking permitted wide loads to travel between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. weekdays in three locations: on RM 652 from U.S. Highway 285 to New Mexico; on U.S. 285 from SH 302 and FM 1216 north of Pecos; and on U.S. 285 from I-20 to 10 miles south of Pecos.

Loads wider than 11 feet require a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Wide loads moving through the corridor throughout the day present safety challenges for the contractors working in the work zones as well as drivers/travelers who may be confused by traffic control devices that are often displaced by wide loads.

To accommodate wide load traffic, the Odessa District is designating a travel window from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. through the permitting process for wide loads to use the above-mentioned roads.

Work zone managers can restrict wide loads from traveling through any of the work zones unless specific and safe arrangements are made with the construction work zone manager at least 24 hours in advance. Work zone manager contact information will be listed on permits.

These guidelines are designed to increase safety for construction zone workers as well as motorists. It will have the added benefit of allowing contractors to work unimpeded. This should help expedite the projects and shorten construction times.

Approved permits will see the following conditions:

  • Permittee must have front and rear escorts if required by law, and must have wide load signs front and rear.
  • The driver must contact TxDOT’s construction work zone manager (contact information shown on permit) prior to entering the work zone.
  • The permittee must alert TxDOT’s construction work zone manager (contact information shown on permit) if any traffic control devices are disturbed while moving through the construction work zone.
  • Permittee may only transport an oversized load in the work zone between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on weekdays, unless specific and safe arrangements are made with TxDOT’s construction work zone manager at least 24 hours in advance.  The construction work zone manager is under no obligation to allow oversized load movements at times other than those listed above.

About Permits

For assistance in determining the permit types available for your vehicle and/or load, visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website at www.txdmv.gov and log in to the Texas Permitting & Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) and select the Permit Wizard, or call (800) 299-1700. General guidelines require permits for loads wider than 8 feet 6 inches, taller than 14 feet, heavier than 80,000 pounds, and longer than 45 feet for single vehicles and 59 feet for semitrailers. More guidelines on combination vehicle loads can be found at www.txdmv.gov.

For information on the construction projects already under way in the Delaware Basin, visit the TxDOT website at www.txdot.gov and search “Delaware Basin.”


Traffic Alerts

One construction project between Pecos and the New Mexico state line is still affecting traffic. A project south of Pecos is also under way from I-20 to about 10 miles south of town. Permitting is crucial for oversized loads. While we have two-way traffic on virtually all sections at all times, there are width restrictions in place between SH 302 to 10 miles south of Pecos. Please get permits when needed and follow the permits as issued.

Projects Overview

The Odessa District is working to address road conditions in the Delaware Basin on roads like US Highway 285 in Reeves County. In addition to routine maintenance, four projects spent about $100 million on U.S. Highway 285 between Pecos and the New Mexico state line. The road work on all but one of those four is complete. In addition to rehabilitating the road, passing lanes will be added throughout the corridor. Intersection improvements will be made in key places, as well as guardrail end treatments, concrete structure repair/replacement, crash cushion attenuators, overhead lighting, and sign replacements/additions. Work is also scheduled on adjacent roads Ranch-to-Market 652 and State Highway 302 in Loving County and Reeves County.

 

US 285 Projects

US 285, from SH 302 to FM 1216

This project will add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 16.8 miles of Highway 285.  Key features of the project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes)
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings; some passing lanes will be included as well
  • Construction completion estimate: Fall 2020
  • Bid price: $31.6 million (Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company, of Roanoke, Texas)

US 285, from I-20 to 2.5 miles south of CR 113

This project will add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 16.8 miles of Highway 285. It will also make intersection improvements at FM 1450. Key features of the project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes)
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings; some passing lanes will be included as well
  • Construction completion date: Summer 2020
  • Bid price: $18.9 million. (FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz.)

US 285, from New Mexico State Line to RM 652

  • This project is virtually complete. The road is in its permanent configuration. The all-way stop condition at Orla is permanent. Finishing work is all off road on things such as overhead lighting. Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes).

US 285, from RM 652 to CR 232

This project is complete. 

US 285, from CR 232 to SH 302

This project is complete with on-road work.

US 285, from FM 1216 to I-20

This project rehabilitates pavement through town and replaces signange.  Night work is planned where possible. Construction begins in March. A project update meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Pecos High School Auditorium, 1201 S. Park.

  • Construction completion estimate:  Winter 2020
  • Bid price:  &18.9 million (bid won by Dan Williams of El Paso)

 

SH 302 Projects

SH 302, from US 285 to 0.2 miles east of East FM 1933

This project will add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 5.6 miles of Highway 302. Key features of the project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes)
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings
  • Construction completion estimate: Summer 2020
  • Bid price: $12.5 million (bid won by Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving of Odessa)

Upcoming SH 302 Projects

Approximately $175 million worth of construction is planned on SH 302 in the coming years. The work will add alternating passing lanes and rehabilitate the existing road.

A project from County Road 313 in Winkler County to SH 181 in Ector County opens bids in February 2020. Estimated construction cost is $58 million.

An overpass project for the intersection of SH 302 and SH 115 opens bids in May 2020. Estimated construction cost to build the overpass is $50 million.

A Winkler County project from Loving County line to SH 115 opens bids in September 2020. Estimated construction cost is $40 million.

A Loving County project from FM 1933 to Winkler County line opens bids in November 2020. Estimated construction cost is $27.5 million.

 

RM 652 Projects

RM 652 Bridge Replacement at Salt Creek

This project is complete.

RM 652, from US 285 to Pecos River

This project is complete.

RM 652, from Pecos River to New Mexico state line

  • Key items: Rehabilitating road, improving intersections, and widening shoulders
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings
  • Construction completion estimate: Winter 2020
  • Bid price: $19.2 million (Johnson Corporation, a Southland Company, of Roanoke)

A Reeves County project from US 285 to the Culberson County line lets in April 2020.  Estimated construction cost is $13.6 million.

Contact Us

TxDOT Odessa District
3901 E. Highway 80
Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 332-0501
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