MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Changes are coming to the intersection of Interstate 20 and Cotton Flat Road.
According to a joint release from the Texas Department of Transportation and Gov. Greg Abbott’s Office, federal grant funding has been secured for the project via the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.
$25 million will go towards improving the intersection.
“Improving the infrastructure in the Permian Basin is critical to the movement of people and goods that support the largest source of oil and gas production in this country,” Governor Greg Abbott said. “I thank the U.S. Department of Transportation and Secretary Elaine Chao for recognizing the vital role that this region continues to play in our nation’s energy independence. Working together with TxDOT, the federal government continues to show its commitment bettering the roads and bridges across Texas.”
The project calls for the current overpass at I-20 to be demolished. From there, a new overpass will be built sending the I-20 roadway over Cotton Flat Road, according to the release.
“I-20 is an essential corridor for both travel and trade in our community. Not only does it support our critical energy sector, but it is also a vital east-west corridor for the agriculture, mining, trucking, construction, and manufacturing industries. This grant will go towards raising the Cotton Flat Road overpass—which has suffered from numerous bridge strikes and has been a safety hazard with frequent traffic shutdowns. I am pleased to see the Trump Administration continue to invest in our local infrastructure, and look forward to the finished overpass,” said Congressman Mike Conaway.
The goal is to eliminate bridge strikes in the area and reduce congestion.
“The Permian Strategic Partnership is thrilled USDOT is recognizing the importance of the Permian Basin to our state, nation and world by awarding BUILD Grant funds to this TxDOT project,” said Don L. Evans, Chairman for the Permian Strategic Partnership. “The Permian is one of the most strategically important oil producing regions in the world, and it is critical we continue to invest in the region’s priority infrastructure projects to fully realize its potential.”