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Road Closures to Close Portion of U.S. 87 in Canyon

Jan. 19, 2017

CONTACT:    Sgt. Jack Hildebrand, 806-651-2301, jhildebrand@wtamu.edu

Road Closures to Close Portion of U.S. 87 in Canyon

 

CANYON, Texas—The University Police Department in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation would like to inform the campus community of road closures on U.S. 87 in Canyon. The closures and work on the railway tracks will affect travel to and from the campus for a period of a couple of weeks.

Specifically, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) will close a portion of U.S. 87 (23rd Street) into and out of Canyon for scheduled railway maintenance.

UPDATE: The bridge repair scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 23 has been postponed due to a high wind forecast, which could create unsafe working conditions with the crane. The road will be closed Monday through Wednesday, Jan 30-Feb. 1 while work is done on the south tracks and will reopen on Thursday, Feb. 2. The following week work will be conducted on the north track and the road will be closed Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 6-9, weather permitting. The work will entail removing the tracks and old decking and placing new decking and ballast.

Motorists should anticipate seeing barricades and construction signs installed on U.S. 87.  Travelers to the north will be detoured on 4th Avenue to 15th Street north to U.S. 60. Those motorists traveling south will be detoured U.S. 60 to 15th Street and east on 4th Avenue to U.S. 87. UPD joins with TxDOT to encourage motorists to take alternate routes and obey all traffic barriers and signs as they are placed in an effort to warn the public of the road closure and to improve everyone’s safety.

Note to Amarillo Buff travelers: UPD recommends staying on U.S. Interstate 27 when coming to campus from Amarillo until the 4th Avenue, State Highway 217 exit and then travel west on 4th Avenue to campus. When returning north to Amarillo, UPD recommends taking 4th Avenue east to U.S. Interstate 27 and using that ramp north to travel to Amarillo during the road closures. Do not forget the free shuttle service from the First United Bank Center parking lot to campus, as travelers come to campus from 4th Avenue.                       

 

—WTAMU—


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