Levelland, Crosbyton and a host of other Texas cities could see some heavy road construction in upcoming months on the heels of a July 25 grant announcement.
The Texas Transportation Commission approved $225 million for the Texas Department of Transportation to repair road damage related to the oil and gas industry. A list of 42 individual projects throughout the state in the reconstruction program includes roads in the South Plains counties of Crosby and Hockley.
The road to be repaired near Crosbyton is a 5-mile strip of FM 378, south from that road’s intersection at FM 40. Total costs for the Crosby County project is about $2.9 million while specific plans for both are described as widening pavement and resurfacing.
Construction will begin this fall and — depending on the scope of each project — take anywhere from a few days to two months, according to TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross. Drivers during that time period might see temporarily-reduced speed limits and a possible switch from two to a single lane on some roads, he said.
“It could cause some traffic delays in some areas, but we certainly hope to keep that to a minimum,” Cross said. “It’s all about safety — that’s the main goal with this funding and these projects.”
The funding targets roads damaged by heavy vehicles from the energy industry. That form of traffic has caused about $400 worth of severe damage that could jeopardize the safety of drivers and passengers, according to a statement from TxDOT.
“The energy sector provides a tremendous economic boost to the state of Texas, but it must be supported in a manner that is safe to everyone on our roadways,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood said in a press release. “The increased volume of heavy vehicles on aging Texas roads is causing stress on our infrastructure, which over time, can result in unsafe conditions.”