Orange cones seem to be taking over Amarillo, but the Texas Department of Transportation is making progress.
The connection at I-40 and I-27 started in January 2016, and now the connection is ready to open.
You will see a few less orange cones at the interchange. The connection at I-40 and I-27 is now open. The exit to 26th Ave. is also open. This will make travel between the two interstates more convenient. Drivers will not have to get on the frontage road and go through stop signs, yield signs, or traffic signals to make it to the other interstate.
Sonja Gross, TxDOT Public Information Officer, also wanted to let drivers know that this might not be the end of orange cones at I-27 and I-40. In October, construction will begin on expanding the bridge at 26th Ave. With the interchange flyover open, TxDOT will study the traffic pattern to make sure it is safe to keep open for working at 26th Ave.
While one project is ready to open, there are plenty of other projects still going on.
“No matter where you turn in Amarillo you’re still going to see those construction cones representing construction zones. We strongly encourage everyone to use extra time when they’re trying to get to their destinations and use extra patience because we do have several active work zones going on throughout the city, ” said Gross.
Construction at I-40 and Soncy Road is still making progress. South Loop 335 and Bell Street is closed at the southbound lanes causing new traffic patterns. Construction at I-40 and Bell St. bridge is continuing with crews planning to start pouring concrete for the bridge.
Gross reminds motorists to be safe, patient, and cautious while driving. You can also try and find alternate routes.