AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - One part of one of Amarillo’s biggest transportation projects is currently under construction.
The closure on Helium Road is due to the construction of a unique way to get around West Amarillo.
“Amarillo is not used to things like this, so it is going to be exciting, it’s going to be a new traffic pattern,” said Sonja Gross, the PIO for TxDot in the Amarillo District.
That new traffic pattern is a three-tiered overpass that is one piece to the puzzle in a multi-year project of making ongoing improvements to state loop 335.
Gross says the 40 thousand-pound beams strapped to trucks on helium road is a great sign for the community.
“The work that were doing along I-40 at Helium Road is one of those visual pieces to the puzzle that the motorists can see. Anytime you can actually see the progress happen, it feels great, it feels like wow, we’ve accomplished something,” said Gross.
The Amarillo area engineer says the 1.5-billion-dollar project is right on schedule.
The whole loop will consist of construction on three other segments.
He believes the finished road will clear the congestion of traffic on Soncy.
“That truck traffic that’s currently on I-27 and on Soncy and on I-40, if we can get it looped around on the new portion, that will ultimately be state loop 335, otherwise known as helium, that will be a huge accomplishment,” said Gross.
Gross says the future road has a three pronged advantage.
“Safety, improving mobility and improving the economic impact of the area are a three prong goal of this overall project,” said Gross.
Gross says the construction on helium is a small step in the right direction.
“With every little piece that gets open, its getting us one piece closer to having a true loop,” said Gross.