Stimulus funds US Hwy 87 improvements
By Robin Scott
Paul Braun, Public Information Officer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provided information recently regarding improvements to US Highway 87 southeast of Hartley to the city limits of Dalhart. The project is scheduled to get underway as soon as weather permits.
The Texas portion of US Highway 87 begins in Port Lavaca, Texas and ends in Texline, a 751 mile-long highway and is a main travel route for more than 50 Texas towns. The rehabilitation and overlay project is long awaited by residents in the area as well as travelers. The project is made possible through funds from the Economic Stimulus. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provides monies to states for highway improvement and infrastructure is responsible for the $3,824,417 that was awarded to J. Lee Milligan, Contractor, from Amarillo. Braun stated on Wednesday, “Anyone interested in checking into employment opportunities are directed to contact the Contractor directly.”
The improvements will cause travel delays in the northbound left lane of US 87 for a four to five mile stretch of roadway from just north of Hartley. The left lane will then open up for approximately two miles and then close again to the southern city limit of Dalhart. The process will start over again with the closure of the right lane. The US 87 Hartley interchange also has scheduled improvements. Both north and southbound lanes will get improvements from Hartley to just east of the interchange. The interchange is getting a pavement overlay. The interchange improvements will begin once the rehabilitation of US Highway 87 from Hartley to Dalhart is completed.
Although the lane closures will be an expected nuisance, TxDOT is assuring motorists that one lane will remain open at all times during the construction. Traffic will get backed up, so motorists are warned to expect delays and consider an alternate route. During the length of the construction project, a 12-foot lane restriction will remain in effect. Vehicles exceeding that limit will not be able to use that section of Highway 87, and must find an alternate route.
TxDOT reminds motorists to use caution during the improvement of Highway 87, taking care and paying attention to the road conditions, slowing down or using an alternate route altogether. They also want to remind motorists that workers will be in the area, so extra caution while driving while men are at work is imperative. When the project is complete, all motorists will benefit from the upgrade.
For more information about the improvements to US Highway 87, contact Paul Braun at either 806/356-3256 or 806/570-6301 or by visiting www.dot.state.tx.us. For information on job opportunities, contact J. Lee Milligan at 806/373-4386.