DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(062618)-ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT-HIGHWAYS & STREETS

ODESSA, TEXAS/JUNE 26, 2018 – DURING THE REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, EVANS KESSEY, DIRECTOR OF ECTOR COUNTY HIGHWAYS & STREETS PRESENTED TO THE COURT THE NEED TO CLOSE A SECTION OF ROADWAY IN PENWELL. THE ROAD CLOSURE WOULD BE AVENUE G, FROM AVENUE F, WEST OF FM 1601. THE COUNTY WOULD PROVIDE A DETOUR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE TO GET THE RESIDENTS TO THEIR PROPERTIES. CURRENTLY THE ROADWAY IS UNUSED AND COSTING THE COUNTY NEEDED FUNDS FOR OTHER ROADWAYS AND CAUSING SAFETY ISSUES TO THE ONLY TWO RESIDENTS OF THAT AREA.
(EVANS KESSEY, DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS AND STREETS-ECTOR COUNTY)
“THE CONDITION OF THE ROADWAY RIGHT NOW IS NOT WARRANTED TO THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THAT AREA, AS A RESULT, A LOT OF TRUCK COMPANIES ARE USING THAT ROAD CURRENTLY AS A MEANS OF TRAINING STUDENTS TO OBTAIN THEIR CDL DRIVER LICENSE, AND I BELIEVE IT’S CAUSING A LOT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO THE RESIDENTS OF THAT ARE LIVING IN THAT AREA.”
EVANS KESSEY THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS AND STREETS IN ECTOR COUNTY PRESENT TO THE COMMISSIONERS COURT THE NEED OF A FOUR WAY STOP SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION OF 64TH AND CYPRESS IN WEST ECTOR COUNTY. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL MAJOR CRASHES AT THAT INTERSECTION OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS THAT IS CAUSING A CONCERN WITH ONE RESIDENT.
(RENE VASQUEZ, RESIDENT OF AT THE CORNER OF 64TH & CYPRESS-WEST ECTOR COUNTY)
“THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON’T RESPECT THAT STOP SIGN, AND THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON’T RESPECT THE SPEED LIMIT ON THIS ROAD”
RENE VASQUEZ, WHO LIVES AT THE CORNER OF 64TH AND CYPRESS SAYS HE’S GLAD TO HAVE INSURANCE, BUT DOSEN’T KNOW HOW MUCH IT’S GOING TO COST TO FIX THE DAMAGE TO HIS PROPERTY FROM LAST WEEK’S CAR CRASH.
(RENE VASQUEZ, RESIDENT OF AT THE CORNER OF 64TH & CYPRESS-WEST ECTOR COUNTY)
‘I’M GLAD I HAVE INSURANCE, BUT STILL. THE LAST TIME, I ASK MY INSURANCE AGENT HOW MUCH IT COSTS. IT WAS ABOUT 14. 14 THOUSAND. I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THIS IS GOING TO BE.”
(EVANS KESSEY, DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS AND STREETS-ECTOR COUNTY)
“THE LAW PROVIDES THAT YOU HAVE BEEN IN A SERIES OF ACCIDENTS AT THAT INTERSECTION. IT IS IMPORTANT IN COMMISSIONER’S COURT VOTE ON THE NECESSARY NEED FOR US TO PUT UP TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE.”
“THE IMMEADATE ACTION TO PUT UP A FOUR WAY STOP SIGN IS IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE.”
THE ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT ALSO HEARD A REQUEST BY THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS AND STREETS IN ECTOR COUNTY TO FORM A COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND ISSUES OF THE COUNTY.
(GREG SIMMONS, ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 2)
“A LOT OF TIMES WITH A COMMITTEE. I DON’T WANT THEM TO SPEND A LOT OF WORK TO BRING US A REPORT THAT WE CAN’T FUND. AND AGAIN, WE ARE STILL VERY LIMITED ON FUNDING ON WHAT WE CAN PAY FOR EACH YEAR WITH THE ROADS. AND SO, IF THE COMMITTEE DOES A LOT OF WORK COMES BACK, ‘YEAH, WE’VE GOT 30 MILLION DOLLARS OF ROAD REPAIRS WE’RE HIGHLIGHTING HERE, AND WE CAN ONLY AFFORD TEN. THEN, I FEEL LIKE, THEY’VE PUT IN A LOT OF WORK FOR NOTHING.
THE AD HOC COMMITTEE WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THE NEXT COMMISSIONERS MEETING.
FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

 

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Author: Danny Barrera