Past Rains Delay Some Construction Projects by Months

AMARILLO - It's been dry recently in our area, but the rains from previous months have dampened some construction projects.

Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation say the moisture in August and September delayed some construction projects for about four months.

But the delay doesn't mean an extended completion date.

Two months ago it seemed like the rain would not stop.

Which meant these guys and the progression of construction projects in the city had to.

"Soil conditions, weather conditions, all of that have to align properly in order to be able to do some of the more involved work that you'll see in projects like Soncy and I-40 and Ross-Osage. Like Ross-Osage, for example, is a few months behind schedule," said Sonja Gross, TxDOT PIO. 

Gross says that project, in particular, is three to four months behind schedule. But they're not worried about a little rain. That's because when completion dates were set for the various projects,  they expected mother nature to interfere for a bit.

That's why they added some buffer to the time.

"But even though we're a few months behind on a couple of the projects, we're still within the target date of completion of those projects so come time for those to be wrapped up, it shouldn't be a huge problem," said Gross.

Even with the forecasted chance of snowfall that weather experts predict for this Friday, Gross doesn't expect it to affect construction projects. 

"First sign of a freeze, we're going to be out there making sure we're doing what we can to keep the roads safe. Right now the roads most likely aren't going to be cold enough for the freeze to stick around. But if there's an opportunity to lay some sand or brine or anything like that, we'll be out there doing what's necessary to keep our roads safe for people to travel on," said Gross.

She says the latest completion date for some of the projects is in 2019.

As they get closer to the completion date for the Ross-Osage construction project, Gross says if we keep having nice weather like this, they won't be behind schedule.

I'm sure you've seen them.

But some of the TxDOT construction projects underway are located on I-40 and Soncy, all along I-40 and parts of I-27.


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