Due to concerns regarding the safety of the traveling public, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has closed off a portion of FM 651, from FM 1958 to FM 193, in the Blanco Canyon area of northern Crosby County.
"Fractures have developed on the face of a bluff adjacent to northbound FM 651. The ‘cracks' have created the very real potential of the hillside giving way," said Ted Moore, P.E., Lubbock District director of maintenance. "Given the limited sight-distance in this canyon area and the anticipated wet weather being predicted tonight, the safest course of action is to close down the roadway until we can re-stabilize the slope."
Over the next few days, TxDOT anticipates bringing in equipment to remove and reshape the portion of the slope that has become unstable. In the meantime, traffic is being detoured around the area. Southbound motorists traveling FM 651 will be detoured at FM 1958, while northbound traffic will be detoured at FM 193.
The roadway will remain closed until the slope can be stabilized, Moore added.