The portion of I-20 that runs near Ranger, Texas, otherwise known as Ranger Hill, has seen its fair share of unfortunate events.
The hill is known for it’s incredible incline.
“It’s actually one of the steepest grades, one of the steepest inclines on an interstate in the state of Texas,” commented Andrew Carlson, TxDOT’s Brownwood public information officer.
Now this is not a problem for everyone who travels over this particular stretch of road, but it is enough of a problem and has caused enough wrecks over the years, that, in the past, TxDOT has spent time improving the corridor.
“Over the last three or four years we’ve made some improvements,” commented Carlson.
Lights have gone up, new lines were painted, speed limit was lowered, and a concrete median set up.
“But it still doesn’t live up to current safety standards,” said Carlson.
So TxDOT has decided to rebuild the Ranger Hill road, a feat which is costing over $76,000,000 and will take 3 years, with more lanes and less of an incline.
“In fact, we’re going to cut the steepness of the hill almost in half,” he went on.
TxDOT beleives this will increase driver safety for the nearly 18,000 vehicles that travel this part of I-20 every day.
The construction of the nearly 3 mile stretch of new interstate will take place 500 feet south of the current roadway.
“So it won’t have a big impact on drivers just yet.”
Once it’s all finished the infamous Ranger Hill will just be another stretch of I-20 connecting point A to point B.
“We really just want to make it safer for the traveling public. That’s the whole reason for this project,” finished Carlson.