ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Permian Basin was recently awarded $25 million through a BUILD grant to continue the Interstate Overpass Project. This is a plan to improve Interstate 20 and reduce the number of bridge strikes along the route by creating overpasses for I-20 at problematic intersections.
According to Dustin Fawcett, the Vice President for MOTRAN Alliance Inc, this year’s grant will go toward building an overpass for Interstate 20 at the intersection of Cotton Flat Rd in Midland. Currently, Cotton Flat Road goes over the Interstate and larger vehicles can have a tough time getting through so they will change the overpass to Interstate 20 to reduce the number of incidents in the area.
Fawcett says, this is the third year in a row that the Permian Basin has received one of these grants and the previous two were for overpasses as well. The first was at the intersection of State Highway 115 and State Highway 302 in Winkler County. The other was at the intersection of State Highway 137 and State Highway 158 in Glasscock County.
The Permian Basin was chosen for this grant out of hundreds of other project proposals from all across the United States which, according to Fawcett, shows how important our region is to the country and how well the unified efforts work of the multiple municipalities, entities, and organizations to improve infrastructure in the area.
To keep up with infrastructure projects in the Basin, check out MOTRAN’s website.