By Justin Kree
ODESSA - Since last year, trash dumpsters have been an eyesore on some of the city streets in Odessa.
Bulldozer, detour signs and road construction workers are a common sight in Odessa as an infrastructure project known as capital improvement is underway to replace 50 plus year old pipes.
"What's happening in that particular area, University, 31st, Muskingum, Tom Green all in that area is, capital improvement. There replacing the water and sewer lines in that area. One of the problems is aging infrastructure. Old cast iron pipes are rusting out and they're causing some major leaks for our community. Hopefully this newer pipe won't give us those problems in the future," Andrea Goodson, with the City of Odessa, said.
The city tells NewsWest 9, the dumpsters have been on the street in that area since last year and though alleys were being worked on, many dumpsters have been moved back off the street. There are still some that must wait a little longer.
"Alley work, it could either be just re-grading and fixing that alley or it could have been part of the this capital improvement program and replacing the lines," Goodson said.
If the dumpster is still sitting on your street, Goodson tells NewsWest 9 there is a reason beyond fixing the alley and to just give the city a little more time.
"It's important that we do this and we ask our citizens to be patient and drive with caution. Understand this really is the best thing for them and the cities future," Goodson said.