LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Construction of the new overpass at Milwaukee and Spur 327 has come to a standstill. TxDOT says the reason for this lack of activity is a problem with the "hot mix" of road materials.
“We've had issues with the asphalt materials meeting requirements but we’re currently working with a new asphalt supplier testing new hot mix materials to ensure that they do meet project requirements and specifications,” said TxDOT Public Information Officer Dianah Ascencio. “The hot mix is our pavement and what we need to work on is some improvements that we’re making on Milwaukee. We’re also at the point where we can do some paving not only to the east bound but the west bound frontage roads as well as the new bridge at Spur 327.”
Ascencio says all of the asphalt TxDOT uses is tested for the proper mixture of asphalt, rock and other materials at the proper ratios and rates, which allows the pavement to last and perform at proper specifications. She says the old hot mix didn't meet that standard.
“We are currently testing hot mix materials to meet our requirements and hopefully that will have a quick turnaround and hopefully we’ll be seeing some work pretty soon,” she said.
Ascencio doesn't know when construction will resume but says TxDOT estimates everything will be completed in mid 2015 and she appreciates the patience of Lubbock drivers.
“We are trying our best to move this project along. We appreciate their patience, we do continue to ask for their patience and we are doing everything that we can to try to get these materials to meet our requirements so that we can move forward with this project,” she said. “We are working with our contractor to try and get everything in order to get back out there and finish that project or continue work on that project as soon as possible.”