MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – With the funeral of Sheriff Gary Painter Thursday, there will be some traffic changes in the City of Midland.
Big Spring Street will be closed to through-traffic on Thursday and northbound at Wadley Avenue will also be closed along with southbound Solomon Lane, according to officials with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Officials with TxDOT also issued the following statement, sending condolences to Sheriff Painter’s family and the law enforcement community.
“TxDOT offers its condolences to Sheriff Painter’s family and the law enforcement community as a whole in the wake of this loss. The staff of the Odessa District of TxDOT enjoys a tremendous relationship with the law enforcement community as a whole, and this loss is felt throughout the community. Sheriff Painter was an icon of West Texas law enforcement and his 34 years in office deserves respect.”
The Loop 250 intersection at Big Spring Street and parts of the service roads will also be closed for the funeral.
At the Midland County Horseshoe Area, there will be specified parking for area law enforcement agencies, Midland Police, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, and the public.
Those designated areas can be found below.
Drivers and funeral attendees are asked to use extreme caution in the area and during the procession and to be mindful of others.
For those who cannot attend the funeral, we will be streaming it live on Yourbasin.com, starting at 2 p.m