Eastland County – The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT’s) contractor for the I-20 Ranger Hill project is gearing up for a major traffic switch later this week. The switch marks an important milestone in the project to improve safety on a three-mile stretch of I-20 near SH 16.
Beginning Friday morning (June 5), weather permitting, workers with Zachry Construction will shift all westbound I-20 traffic to the left (south) onto a newly reconstructed section of the interstate from just west of SH 16 to the top of Ranger Hill. This temporary shift will allow crews to begin work on the north side of I-20.
TxDOT is reminding drivers to pay attention in the construction zone as some shoulders will be narrowed. Drivers should also watch for workers. Last year, 167 people died in Texas work zone-related wrecks. Another 690 were seriously hurt. Traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present
This Friday’s westbound traffic switch kicks off the last major project phase to rebuild the westbound lanes and add a frontage road on the north side of Ranger Hill. The work is part of TxDOT’s effort to widen and reconstruct I-20 in this area and reduce one of the steepest inclines on I-20 in the Lone Star State