DUMAS, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says road construction along North Dumas Avenue will continue through the winter and into spring.

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Concrete paving work on the northbound lanes of Dumas Avenue from 1st Street to McClary Road is currently around 50% complete. Earlier contractor estimates had concrete paving for the section being completed in December but winter weather and high wind has limited paving operations according to the latest update from TxDOT.

Concrete paving along North Dumas Avenue nears fifty percent completion, January 2022. – Photo Credit: Eduardo Valdez – Moore County Journal.

Success Blvd, 3rd Street, 5th Street, and 8th Street will be closed periodically in the coming weeks for reconstruction while 4th Street and 6th Street will be reopened. McClary Rd will remain closed until the completion of the phase. Driveway and sidewalk work is scheduled to begin Monday, January 10th.

Construction on the southbound lanes of Dumas Avenue from 1st Street to McClary Road is set to begin in the Spring of 2022 and run through the spring of 2023.

An earlier map released by TxDOT shows the areas to be rehabilitated. The red line indicates the current area under construction. – Source: TxDOT

Heavy traffic along Dumas Avenue has caused almost daily traffic delays with traffic being backed up almost 2 miles at times according to motorists. Some business owners along North Dumas Avenue have reported a 20%-30% decrease in business since the construction began in July of 2021. With more than a year of construction still to go on North Dumas Avenue, they expect the slow sales to continue.

It’s a growing pain which Dumas will have to continue to bear well into 2024 as the rehabilitation work continues. “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. He says they will work to ensure business and street access is maintained during the project. But, many Dumas motorists have chosen to avoid the area altogether choosing alternate routes along Maddox Avenue and other residential streets instead.

Further north of Dumas some construction work has been completed. The left lanes from about a quarter-mile south of County Road I to about a half-mile north of County Road I is finished, but work on the right lanes will continue into the spring. The County Road I crossover will remain closed until the completion of the phase which is expected to be in the spring. TxDOT says County Road I through traffic will need to follow US 287 to the nearest crossover.

TxDOT is encouraging property owners in the construction areas to reach out to them about driveway placement so they can discuss potential options prior to the completion of the work. “Once the work is completed, it makes it much more difficult for us to make any changes. We are limited in what we can do, but there are some things we can adjust if notified early on.” says TxDOT Public Information Officer Sonja Gross. The Dumas Area Office number is (806) 934-1122.

The entire US 87/287 Rehabilitation project covers an area from south of the Dumas city limits to about a half-mile north of County Road I and is broken down into several phases. The $36.8 million project, awarded to SEMA Construction, began in July of 2021 and is expected to last through May 2024.