US 87 Railroad Underpass Project Completed in Dalhart

Increased clearance better accommodates commercial traffic from US 54 and US 87


DALHART - A project designed to improve safety and mobility at the Union Pacific Railroad underpass on US 87 in Dalhart finished early and on budget. As part of the project, the underpass was dug out, increasing the bridge clearance from 13 feet 7 inches to 15 feet, 3 inches, slightly above federal minimum height standards. This allows higher profile vehicles and commercial traffic coming from US 54 and US 87 to use the underpass, avoiding a lengthy alternate route.

In addition to improved clearance for safety and mobility, the project also included adding a detention facility to improve drainage, ADA improvements like sidewalks and curb ramps, and lowering and realigning Denrock Avenue and US 385 to provide a new four-way intersection at US 87. Work on the project began in mid-March of 2016. Dumas Area Engineer Corky Neukam says the timely completion of this project was possible through use of effective best practices in communication and project management.

“Those best practices consisted of weekly project meetings involving the state, consultant project management and inspection staff, Dalhart city leaders, and the contractor, all of which kept the project moving forward for this community,” Neukam says. “I can’t thank the business owners and the citizens of Dalhart enough for their patience and understanding during construction and know that they have a much safer underpass for everyone to drive through more safely for years to come.”

Neukam also acknowledges local construction companies for their support in building this important project, including G&G Operators, XIT Concrete and all the hotels and restaurants.

“There was a phrase before all this started – ‘It will be nice when its finished.’ Well, it is finished – and it’s very nice,” Neukam says.

Webber, LLC was the contractor on this $27 million project.


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