New Fence Planned For I-20 Median 5/21/13
May 21, 2013
Midland/Odessa - Wrecks are nothing new on Interstate 20, that’s why the Midland/Odessa Transportation Organization is teaming up with TxDOT to construct a fence along the median of the interstate.
It has turned into an everyday occurrence for people driving on Interstate 20 between Midland and Odessa to see some sort of wreck. Officials say much of the problem stems from traffic increasing by thirty percent in just the last few years.
“We are receiving more traffic than we expected to see right now, no one was prepared for the oil boom,” said Public Information Officer of Odessa TxDOT Gene Powell.
TxDOT and the Midland/Odessa Transportation Organization has come up with a plan to help cut down on wrecks and construct a fence made of very tough steel cables and will reach from East Midland to West Odessa.
“We have seen multiple instances where people have crossed into the median and entered on coming traffic,” Said Powell.
The fences will stretch for 30 miles costing TxDOT around five million dollars. But TxDOT says the money is worth it for the community’s safety and they are designed so strong that even 18- wheelers can’t make it through.
“To know that now this piece of wire fence is going to be there now for a 30 mile stretch is going to protect all of our drivers. I’m excited, it’s just a great safety net for the Midland/Odessa area,” said Midland City Councilman and MOTOR board member Jerry Morales.
Bids for this project will begin to be accepted in June, and construction is expected to start in September.