TxDOT to demolish Business 20 overpass in Stanton

STANTON -- An overpass on the west side of Stanton is set to be demolished after it was damaged by an oversized load earlier this year.

The following comes from TxDOT:

The Odessa District of TxDOT plans to demolish the closed Business Interstate 20 overpass that spans Interstate 20 on the west side of Stanton. The bridge has been closed to traffic since January after it was damaged by an oversized load.

Demolition of the structure should only take a few days, but some prep work needs to be done first. Workers will be working overnight for the next three weeks to remove lead-based paint from the structure. Work is scheduled between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays between Sunday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 15, weather permitting.

Single lane closures will be needed for paint removal, but the crews are working at night to minimize the impact to traffic. The lane closures will alternate over the three weeks as work moves down the structure.

Temporary service roads will be built to handle detoured traffic for the actual demolition of the bridge. While demolition is being done, traffic will detour off the main lanes since the interstate has to be closed for this phase of work. The work is scheduled for Nov. 17, but it could be delayed. TxDOT will not let work be done during the Thanksgiving holiday, so if work can’t be completed by Nov. 20, the demotion will be delayed.

New World Contracting of Dallas won the demolition project with a low bid of $377,596.71.

A separate project to rebuild the interchange is currently scheduled to go to bid in January 2020. Design work has already started, and the Odessa District hopes to go to bid earlier if funding can be arranged. A public meeting to discuss both the west and east interchanges in Stanton is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Stanton High School, 705 Koonce St.