The project will bring the interstate into the 21st century and help with traffic flow once completed.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland/Odessa Transportation Alliance Executive Director James Beauchamp states the projects will begin with new interchanges at Midkiff Rd. and another at County Road 1250 next to the new Schlumberger building.

Another interchange in the planning will be at Cotton Flat Rd and I-20 which is scheduled to begin around May 2022.

The plan is to add one lane both east and west from JBS Parkway in Odessa to east of State Hwy 349 just south of downtown Midland.

That stretch of I-20 averages about 70,000 vehicles per day with about one quarter of those vehicles being heavy trucks.

Another plan is to change the I-20 frontage roads from two way roads on both sides of the interstate to one way roads like they are on State Highway 191.

During the process TxDOT officials have said two lanes will still be open in either direction.

The full plan is to update the interchanges from underpasses to overpasses at West Loop 338, South Crane Ave., FM 1788, West Loop 250, Midkiff Rd., Cotton Flat Rd., Lamesa Rd., and County Rd. 1150, to reconstruct frontage roads completely and change them from two-way to one way roads, expanding I-20 from four lanes to six lanes, and entrance and exit ramps to be moved farther away from the crossroads.

Construction will begin on Midkiff Rd. and County Road 1250 by the end of this month.

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