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.
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