TxDOT crews to begin Orla bridge reconstruction

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REEVES COUNTY - TxDOT crews will begin work on a busy stretch of road going through Orla next week.

The RM 652 bridge over Salt Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, July 24th. The bridge is a few miles outside of Orla.

According to a news release, construction will be done in phases in order to keep traffic moving and minimize delays.

They state that closing the bridge completely would significantly increase travel times due to lengthy detours.

There will be lane closures throughout the project. A temporary traffic signal will put in place to regulate traffic through the work zone.

The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 45 miles per hour.

The bridge has had weight restrictions on it since October 2015. The bridge is limited to legal weight loads, so loads weighing more than 80,000 pounds are not permitted to cross the bridge until it is completely rebuilt.

The bridge construction is scheduled to be substantially completed by mid-February 2018. A final road surface will put down in mid-May.

Gilvin-Terrill Ltd., of Amarillo, won the project with a low bid of a little more than $4.5 million.