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Missed deadlines on local construction now recurring theme -- Why?

The Amarillo area currently has 16 ongoing construction projects, one of which at I-40 and Soncy Street. The work was scheduled for a Q4 completion but has since been pushed back to 2017. The Amarillo area currently has 16 ongoing construction projects, one of which at I-40 and Soncy Street. The work was scheduled for a Q4 completion but has since been pushed back to 2017.
The ongoing project near the I-40/I-27 interchange appears to require more staffing than originally planned / Source: KFDA The ongoing project near the I-40/I-27 interchange appears to require more staffing than originally planned / Source: KFDA

I'm so glad to see all the road maintenance and improvements in Amarillo. Currently, we have 16 projects going on at the state level with Texas Department of Transportation. 

The TxDOT projects need a little Perspective. Things just don't seem to add up or make sense. 

We have 13 projects in Potter County and 3 projects in Randall County that will cost at least $1 million each - some much more.

The projects start and stop and there are all sorts of delays. The state points at the construction contractor and the contractor points at the state for lack of funding.

Let's look at one example: The project on Interstate 40 and Soncy Street started in January 2016 and then came to a stop months ago. There are now 2-foot troughs and unfinished roadways along and under the interstate. The same crew that is working on this project pulled off of it to do the off-ramp flyover from I-40E to southbound I-27 and won't return to work on the Soncy project until after the holidays.

One of the main goals on the Soncy project was to help holiday traffic congestion. I guess that will help us in the 2017 holidays.

I agree both projects are very important, but it seems like there is a pattern of missed targets or failure to plan. If any local business ran this way, it would be out of business.  

We are a growing city with traffic needs that are simply growing faster every day. Would you agree that a fair perspective is that we need a plan? We pay taxes and we need answers. 

Let us know what you think.

Your Perspective

I agree totally with your perspective of the roads in Amarillo. But would like to expand it to the whole Texas panhandle. I complained to TxXDOT about lack of mowing of hiways in the Texas panhandle, and was told bids woud go out Oct 15th. I have yet to see a mower. I also believe that some of the accidents that have occured lately were caused by deer that could not be seen because of the tall grass right next to the hiway. Grass and weeds over 4ft tall is a hazard. Also all the roads in the Texas panhandle are in need of maintenance. Lots of dips and potholes and dropoffs on all smaller hiways in the panhandle. I contacted Kel Seliger, but he was not much help. Just my perspective, but it seems TxXDOT is not on top of things in the panhandle. Go to Austin and look at their roads and right of ways.  -Tom

Issues like I-40 and the new ramp on the E-way are the reason I voted no on anything wanting to raise my taxes for road maintenance. If our city leaders can't manage the current projects, why should we give them more money to mismanage?  -Kelly

 I do alot of traveling. With the exception of Ok City, no other City appears to take such a long time for completion of any road construction project. Sometimes the only thing that changes is barrels being moved around.  SLOW SLOW SLOW . -Josue

Perspective is a weekly feature presented by NewsChannel 10 Vice President/General Manager Brent McClure. Have something you'd like to share? Send your perspective to perspective@newschannel10.com.

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