Safety concerns over dumpsters in Bivins area

Safety concerns over dumpsters in Bivins area

Amarillo, TX - It is becoming more common to see dumpsters lined up and down the streets of Amarillo's historic Bivins area.

It is part of a new Atmos energy project. Atmos is installing new gas mains in back alleys to take the place of old ones. As a result, Atmos is moving the trash dumpsters from the alleys it works on into nearby streets. Some may consider the dumpsters an eye sore, but the change is only temporary.

"They'll have a trench opened up in the alley and our trucks can't get down the alley and so our trucks will be collecting solid wastes from the front of the houses until they complete that work," City of Amarillo Assistant Director of Public Works, Van Hagas, said.

Some residents in the area have expressed concern over the dumpsters not having any reflectors, but the City of Amarillo says there have been no reports of any accidents due to the lack of reflectors.

Atmos Energy says the gas main project is a two-phase project that will last on through the beginning of next year. As it works on each alley, dumpsters will be moved into the streets. As it finishes each alley, the dumpsters will be moved back. Atmos Energy expects the dumpsters that are currently out in the streets to be back in the alleys by this summer, then Atmos will work on the rest of the Bivins area at the beginning of next year. It plans to wrap up the entire project around March.