Rain Delaying Area Road Construction - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/04

Rain Delaying Area Road Construction

Contruction is right on schedule, in fact, it's 130 days ahead of schedule according to Ron Baker. He is a Texas Department of Transportation engineer behind the road work and says the rain has not been that much of a headache.  "We're ahead of schedule on the Marsha Sharp Freeway. It's just preventing us from getting further ahead of schedule."

Things may not be so bad there, but Baker says other projects are falling behind due to the wet weather.  "Like the Loop 289 frontage road project,  the Texas Tech Parkway, 98th street project its just causes us to fall further behind," he said.

Baker says even if the project is ahead or behind rainy days do take its toll on road work.  It creates small pools and muddy conditions. He says after it rains, crews spend most of day pumping out the water and wait for the dirt to dry out.

"It would cause the dirt to be more saturated and it makes it harder to work," said Baker.

Phase one of the Marsha Sharp Freeway is expected to be completed next summer.

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