ECTOR COUNTY - Oilfield and construction traffic, along with last winter's ice storm can be blamed for the rough road conditions in Ector County. Following a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, Ector County Project Manager David Peck said they are spending the grant money on projects in order of severity.
"The roads that have more traffic, more calls and more problems, they go to the top of the list because you want to always get those first," he says.
Starting on June 1, construction will begin on Moss Avenue, widening the two-lane highway. It's a $4 million project that's expected to take six months.
"That project is going to be a big project because Moss is only two lanes wide. From University to 16th Street, it's going to be widened to four lanes. South of 16th Street, it's going to be widened to five lanes all the way to I-20," Peck explained.
Other roadways include:
- Trunk St.
- W. 16th St. (Moss to Knox)
- Marco Ave.
- Knox (3000' at each school)
- 16th St. (FM 1936 to Moss)
- 42nd St. (302 to FM 1936)
- 42nd St. (FM 1936 to Tripp)
However, Peck says not all of these projects will be able to be completed with the money from TXDOT. Ector County officials say they will make repairs as the budget allows.
"We won't be able to get as many projects done with the state funding," Peck said. "That doesn't mean we won't do those projects, they just go farther down on the list."
But Peck says the money will cover two new traffic signals that will be put up at 16th and Moss and 16th and Redondo. For those living in these areas, Peck asks for your patience.