The Texas Department of Transportation says work will begin Tuesday on a rehabilitation project for US Highway 87/287 through downtown Dumas. The $36.8 million project will be split into three phases and the work will continue through May of 2024.

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Phase one begins Tuesday and will include the area from 1st and Dumas Avenue to McClary Road north of Dumas.

The project will include concrete paving, storm sewer, curb and gutter, traffic signals, signing, and striping. Sidewalks will also be included on both sides for pedestrians and the existing on-street parking in town will remain.

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“The ultimate goal of this project is to provide long-lasting, durable, and low-maintenance pavement while improving safety along this corridor” says TxDOT Dumas Area Engineer Bernardo Ferrel.

The project is expected to bring disruptions and traffic delays to the downtown area as traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Ferrel says they will work to ensure business and street access is maintained during the project.

Motorists and businesses have faced similar disruptions over the past year as the City of Dumas completed utility infrastructure updates along Dumas Avenue. Those updates replaced underground utility lines which dated back to the 1930’s and had to be replaced before TxDOT could begin it’s multi-year renovation project through downtown.