Traffic Pattern Change on I-20 in Midland Set for This Week


MIDLAND, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that drivers along Interstate 20 will experience a traffic pattern change this week as the Midkiff and Cotton Flat bridges near completion.

The new I-20 mainlane bridges are scheduled to open on Saturday, July 13, allowing interstate traffic to pass over Midkiff Road and Cotton Flat Road on the new structures.

During the transition, drivers are advised to seek alternate routes if possible. All lanes are expected to be open by Sunday, July 14.

Midkiff Road at I-20 is scheduled to open in both directions no later than Tuesday, July 16. Cotton Flat Road will have one lane in each direction open no later than Friday, July 26. Temporary stop signs will be in place at the frontage road intersections until traffic signals are installed.

The phased demolition of the old Midkiff and Cotton Flat bridges and roadway approaches began in mid-2023. Construction crews have been working around the clock to ensure that the mainlanes and bridges are operational before the start of the 2024-2025 school year.

James Construction was awarded the $36.3 million contract for the Midkiff Bridge project, while FNF Construction was awarded the $68.5 million contract for the Cotton Flat Bridge project.

Motorists are reminded to obey all warning signs and traffic control devices, as required by state law.

Although Midkiff and Cotton Flat Roads are open for pedestrian use, pedestrians should exercise caution as this remains an active construction zone with many ADA and pedestrian elements still pending installation.

All dates are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, information stated. 

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