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      What's with the traffic? TxDOT discusses current, future projects

      Pronews 7's Chelsea Goss and Texas Department of Transportation's Paul Braun went live today, July 29, discussing three current projects in the Amarillo area as well as future projects.

      The Buffalo Stadium Road overpass demolition will start around mid-September, and should be completed by Thanksgiving, weather and other factors permitting.

      This project was originally scheduled for 2015, but the bridge deck deteriorated to the point where a hazardous condition existed to traffic on and under the overpass.

      The traffic control plan was developed in coordination with local entities involved in the project, which included event-specific plans, such as football games at Kimbrough Stadium.

      Event traffic this fall from the north will be routed south to FM 3331, then back to the stadium. Motorists leaving the stadium area wishing to travel southbound will be routed north to Rockwell Road, then south on I-27.

      The southbound overpass at Washington and I-27 project is currently underway. The bridge joints and abutments need to be replaced in order for the joints to be able to expand and contract with weather changes to prevent cracking of the structure and the deck.

      One lane will be closed during the week, but every weekend between now and the end of August (weather permitting), motorists can expect two lanes to be closed from 7 p.m. On Fridays until about 6 a.m. On Mondays.

      The third project is the northbound traffic on US 87 from 15th Street to Hastings for a mill and fill project. The old pavement will be milled off in long stretches and hot mix will be placed.

      This is due to the old pavement deteriorating to the point that cracking and potholes are on the increase due to the age of the pavement.

      Major projects coming up include a ramp reversal project of the on/off ramps between Coulter and Loop 335 will begin in the fall.

      The main intent of this project is to improve traffic operations in that area. The project's scope involves reversing the existing exit and entrance ramps as well as intersection improvements at westbound I-40 and Loop 335 (Soncy) to improve safety and mobility.

      There will be other improvements made during this project as well. Minimal work will be done on the main lanes or frontage roads from Nov . 15 to Jan . 5 , 2015, to avoid disruption to traffic during the 2014 - 2015 holiday shopping period.

      TxDOT hopes to start the reconstruction of SE Loop 335 from I-27 to Washington Street in mid-September while the City of Amarillo completes its utility relocation project there. This project will take just under three years to complete, and will result in new frontage roads, four main lanes, and three overpasses at Western, Georgia and Bell Streets, effectively making that stretch of Loop 335 into a freeway section with no stop lights.