Driver, worker safety urged amid major overpass construction projects around Odessa

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – We’ve seen the construction. Now, we’re getting an update on local road projects around Odessa.

The Texas Department of Transportation says they have a couple of projects on Loop 338.

The first is the construction of an overpass at E. Yukon Road.

The second is the construction of an overpass at North 385, North of Odessa.

Workers have been out in full-force with drivers asked to slow down because of the work zones.

“The number one thing is just slow down, and know it’s going to add travel time to your daily commute,” said Gene Powell, TxDOT spokesman. “Anytime you can build a grade separation on an overpass, it reduces the number of conflict points at an intersection and makes for a safer corridor.”

TxDOT says there will be traffic control in those areas and lanes closed for as long as the project lasts.

“Frankly, they’re a pain for motorists for a while, if you can’t find an alternate route and you have to go through a construction zone, it can be worrisome and tiresome,” Powell said. “It’s still real early in its stages… Probably will go one for another 18 months or so.”

Another ongoing project is on I-20 at County Road 1250 in Midland County. An overpass is being built there.

The importance of giving an alert about these work projects is all about safety.

On Monday, a deadly crash happened on I-20. Two people lost their lives.

According to DPS, an 18-wheeler slowed down as it neared a construction zone and was hit from behind by a truck with two people inside.

“Most crashes that happen in work zones are rear-end collisions, because people are going too fast,” Powell said.

Amid the ongoing construction, Powell says drivers should stay in their travel lane, be patient, find an alternate route if possible, and never drive behind or around barricades.

More information about these projects can be found here, at DriveTexas.org.

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