MINERAL WELLS - At least one lane of Interstate 77 will be closed over the next couple of weeks as repaving is done around the Mineral Wells exit, highway officials said.
Work recently began by Kelly Paving to repave around 4.5 miles of the interstate from the Mineral Wells exit to the south in the southbound and northbound lanes.
''They are just getting started,'' said Department of Highways construction engineer Mike Foley.
Crews with Kelly Paving are repaving 4.5 miles of I-77 in the Mineral Wells area, reducing traffic to one lane in the northbound and southbound lanes. The project is expected to be completed by mid-September. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)
Crews will be milling the roadway and replacing it with 1.25 inches of asphalt.
Workers are working in the passing lanes with the milling and the paving quickly following, Foley said. Traffic is being kept to the right-hand lane.
Once the passing lanes are complete, work will switch over to the right-hand lane with traffic being rerouted to the passing lane, he said.
Foley estimates the project to cost around $1.5 million. It is expected to be completed by mid-September.
The work is being done as part of the normal maintenance work for the road and not any specific problem that arose.
''It was just time to do it,'' Foley said.
Motorists are being reminded delays are possible and to plan accordingly.
Motorists should be careful in work zones and watch for workers and equipment that are constantly in motion, Foley said.
Advance signs are in place to alert drivers they are approaching a work zone. Within the work zone there are speed limit signs and other traffic-control measures that people need to remember, he said.
''Drivers need to be mindful that people are working there,'' Foley said.