LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Good news and bad news this week on Lubbock roads - for background sake, the bad news first.
Construction on the new overpass at Milwaukee and Spur 327 has been delayed for weeks. As of last Monday, there hasn’t been a crew in sight for over a month.
The good news - that Texas Department of Transportation folks halted the work after catching a defect in the asphalt materials. Although the lack of progress there is frustrating drivers, catching that mistake probably saved taxpayers millions of dollars in the long-run. And that might have saved senseless ‘do-overs’ reminiscent of the nightmare on 98th St. that many of us remember.
I’ll admit I don’t know how the process works, but it seems to me, even though I’m glad we caught it first, that these materials should be tested before the road work begins, not after. And at the very least, the contractor should be responsible for doing whatever is necessary to open the lanes back up that were closed due to their defective asphalt and causing delays for travelers.
Having said that, in my book, delays are still much better than do-overs.
Consider this: My questions about road work delays defective materials, coming up.
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