Construction Along Gregg Street Frustrating Some Residents, Businesses

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Big Spring drivers have a frustrating commute as a major overhaul of Gregg Street continues.

The main street in Big Spring is now down to one lane each way.

"It is something that needs to be done for the city of Big Spring, but it is irritating at times, but we just have to work through it," Big Spring Sonic Manager, Arthur Barrera, said.

Forget putting the pedal to the medal. A trip down Gregg is all about riding the break due to the resurfacing of Gregg Street from FM 700 to Fourth Street.

"It used to take about 10 minutes to make a delivery, now we are looking at 20-25," Delivery Driver Ginger Hughes said.

"It is quite the inconvenience right now, but this road was in such bad shape. It was a winter away from falling apart," Brian Klinksiek with Price Construction, said.

And with an abundance or orange cones lining the streets, businesses on Gregg are feeling the impact.

"Of course we have our regular customers they have to have their cherry limes, but some people are just trying to pay attention, to not get in a wreck. They're not stopping in," Barrera said.

The manager at Sonic tells NewsWest 9, residents that know Big Spring can take other streets but for those just driving though, it can be challenging.

"Those that don't know Big Spring, it's really hard for them to maneuver," Barrera said.

While drivers will have to endure a few more months of roadwork, the good news is construction is ahead of schedule.

"Completing in the middle of August has us completing the project five months faster than TXDOT thought," Klinksiek said.

Patience will be key for drivers the rest of the summer.

"Oh, I just wish it was done. I really am done with the construction," Hughes said.

"It will be better, but we have to suffer a little bit first," Barrera said.

A slow drive now, for smooth ride later.