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Recent rain puts damper on 34th St. construction

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Amarillo, TX - A construction project impacting hundreds of Amarillo residents has been forced to take a break after recent rains.

The road work on 34th street has been underway for about a month. But, the project that is completely re-doing the road, is on standby right now. That's because our recent rain is puddling up, turning those torn up roads into a muddy mess.

"They've basically taken all the asphalt topping off, and they are down to where they are working in the dirt," City Engineer Mark Read explained.

"When it rains, it's kind of a muddy mess and their equipment gets bogged down and stuck in it," he added.

The mile long project running down 34th, between Soncy and Coulter, is facing a weather related road block.

"Till they can get the sub-grade work done and start putting base back in, rain is going to be a little bit of a problem for them," Read said.

It's a problem some residents are not too happy about, saying the traffic is making it difficult to get around town.While others tell us it's not that big of a deal, considering how badly the road needed updates. Although residents will have to deal with the road work a while longer, the city is optimistic things will get done, before the winter.

"Everybody want's the rain but it's not always a good thing when you are a contractor out trying to get a construction job done," Read said. "But, we kind of plan that into the projects. Right now it's expected to end in mid November."

City Officials say this is the first time in almost 20 years that 34th street has seen any major construction.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10
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