Beat the Traffic: Manhole covers cause car problems on Cullen
Posted on June 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM
Tuesday, Jun 1 at 10:52 AM
We’ve received several questions (and complaints) about the roadwork along Cullen, just south of the South Loop. Bernice Hill agreed to meet with us to show us the problem she wrote in about. "I was getting frustrated -- my oil started leaking, then my dang power steering was leaking," Hill said. She says it's all because of the ongoing roadwork in the area. While we visited with her, she pointed out several bumps in the road that make driving difficult.
We took her concerns to the Texas Department of Transportation. Raquelle Lewis, a spokesperson for TxDOT, told us the agency is repairing the base layer of Cullen, from the South Loop to Almeda Genoa. TxDOT is conducting the maintenece work to prevent any further deterioration along the heavily-traveled thoroughfare. In order to do this, workers have to tear out the top layer to make repairs to the lower structure of the roadway. Now that TxDOT has made the repairs to the base layer, they have laid down blacktop. Drivers we spoke with wanted to know why the manhole covers still protruded three inches above the surface. TxDOT tells us they still have another layer of asphalt to install, which will make the top of the manholes flush with the final road surface.
In the meantime, to make driving a little easier, the contractor is working only at night, and TxDOT has posted signs to warn drivers about the construction (e.g. "BUMP" or "LOOSE GRAVEL" or "UNEVEN ROAD SURFACE"). "Construction is inherently inconvenient, so we try to do what we can to ease that inconvenience," Lewis said. Lewis also told me the contractor has a limited time allotted to execute the project. The roadwork is on schedule, and construction should be finished on time, by the end of June.