EASTLAND COUNTY – Later this week, motorists traveling eastbound on I-20 will begin using a new exit ramp to access SH 16. The new ramp is located west of the current ramp, providing more space for exiting traffic to merge onto the new eastbound frontage road that is being built as part of the $76 million I-20 “Ranger Hill” Project.
The following closures are planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on Thursday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 17, weather permitting, as contractor Zachry Construction Corporation (ZCC) prepares pavement markings, places barrier, and shifts traffic to the new SH 16 exit ramp:
- The right eastbound mainlane of I-20 will be closed at the bottom of Ranger Hill approaching SH 16. All eastbound I-20 traffic will merge to the left lane.
- The current eastbound I-20 exit ramp to SH 16 will be closed. Motorists wishing to access SH 16 will detour to the next exit ramp for CR 494/Tudor Road, turn around at the overpass, and take the westbound I-20 frontage road back to SH 16.
Due to the potential for rain later this week, ZCC will be closely monitoring weather conditions to determine if either of the planned closures may need to be canceled and/or rescheduled.
Following completion of the ramp-related work, the current exit ramp to SH 16 will be permanently closed and the new ramp will be opened to traffic, allowing crews to continue paving work on the south (eastbound) side of the project. During this work, motorists will travel on a small section of temporary pavement to access the new exit ramp to SH 16. Once the new pavement is complete – anticipated early this spring – eastbound mainlane traffic will be shifted south and will have direct access to the new SH 16 exit ramp.
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution in the construction area and pay attention to all signage along the road.
For ongoing traffic updates and additional information on the project, follow TxDOT Brownwood District’s Twitter feed, @TxDOTBWD, and/or visit the project webpage at txdot.gov (key word search “I-20 Ranger Hill”).