AMARILLO - The Multipurpose Event Venue is starting to shape up. With more than a year out until the completion date, city officials said there are still many phases left.
We have followed this story for some time and have been around this area for several stories regarding the M-PEV, but this is the first time we can actually see and hear the work taking place on the plot of land.
The demolition phase is over and now city officials say the project is in the excavation phase.
Simply put, construction crews are moving lots of dirt around.
It may not look like much now, but Jerry Danforth, the City's Facilities Director and Capital Projects told us we are still on schedule to play ball starting April 1, 2019.
"We're doing everything we can to minimize the impact to the public. We've done a lot of coordination with the Civic Center, and City Hall, Globe-News Center so that they know what's going on. We're trying to coordinate the routes for the trucks, to minimize the impact to the public. Of course, we can't minimize everything but we're doing our best," said Danforth.
Danforth said although April 2019 is an aggressive schedule it is very doable.
He said this mass excavation is set to last about 30-40 days.
Essentially, Danforth said what we are expected to see during that timeframe is several construction trucks and a lot of dirt.
After the mass excavation phase, Danforth told us the next step is building the underground utilities for storm drains.
So in about a month or so we will start to see large pipes and pumps going in-ground.
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