Neighbors upset over construction: 'Everything's mud, real sticky'

HOUSTON -- The walk home from school got a whole lot messier Wednesday afternoon for the kids on West Little York, between Easter Street and Carver Road.

"Everything's mud, real sticky. Like my shoes, I just got 'em and they're messed up already," said Claude Warren.

City contractors are widening and reconstructing the road and had to tear up a big section Wednesday, cutting people off from their houses.

Houston Public Works leaders say they did warn people this was coming. But not everyone said they got the message.

"Ahh, no, no, no. They didn't tell us no day," said Kenneth Scyrus.

His neighbor Miss Hazel knew. She left early Wednesday morning so she wouldn't be stuck in her house, but then when the rain came, and the mud, it became impossible to get back inside.

"It's an inconvenience, we expected some, but not as much," said Miss Hazel.

After calls from Miss Hazel's daughter, and KHOU11, crews did build her a temporary path.

"They're gonna build your driveway right now," the project manager told Miss Hazel.

But neighbors watching her pull in don't have the same option.

"We just sit out and wait because frustration is the only thing we can do and sit here and try and play happy even though we ain't," said Scyrus.

Still a few neighbors managed to keep their smiles, making this an inside play day.

"They've been handling it as best they can. They were working today and it started pouring down rain and that's what held a lot of things up," said neighbor Miss Bennie. "They're real nice and friendly. They tell us everything that's going on."

While the best the rest can muster is a little prayer for speed and dry skies.

"Please let them finish," said Scyrus. "I'm praying that they finish."

Contractors are planning to pour the concrete sometime Thursday, clearing up the mess. But this is part of a two-year, two-mile project, between Wheatley and TC Jester, so the inconvenience is just going to keep moving down the blocks of West Little York.


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