$76M I-20 at Ranger Hill Work Under Way
May 22, 2018
A $76 million I-20 at Ranger Hill reconstruction project will provide safer and swifter driving conditions on the 3-mi. stretch of highway in north-central Texas, about halfway between Abilene and Fort Worth.
Interstate 20 is one of the primary east-west corridors in Texas, running 636 miles from the Texas-Louisiana border near Marshall to I-10 in far West Texas.
When finished, the highway will have three westbound main lanes, plus a two-way frontage road, and two eastbound main lanes, plus a two-way frontage road in the Ranger Hill area. Currently the highway has two main lanes in each direction with no frontage roads.
Crews will build two overpasses to allow access to the westbound safety rest area at the top of the hill.
The project will upgrade the interstate to meet current TxDOT and federal design and safety standards. Currently, I-20 features a steep 6 percent grade and a sharp “S” curve on the hill, with 8 percent banking and no frontage roads.
Reconstruction is designed to improve safety and provide efficient movement of motorists on the hill. Plans call for a more gradual 3.5 percent grade and a gentle curve that will allow for safer and more efficient vehicle movement at a design speed of 75 mph.
New highway shoulders also will be built. Most will average 10 ft. wide. The inside shoulders of the westbound lanes will vary from 10-ft. wide to 18.6-ft. wide. The frontage roads will be paved with concrete, as will the main lanes and shoulders.
Reconstruction began in summer of 2017. The project is expected to conclude in summer of 2020.