Semi Trucks Damage Pecos Roads and Neighborhoods

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

Big trucks pounding the pavement are causing problems in Pecos. 

The increase in oil field activity is prompting workers to take their big trucks home with them, and the small neighborhood roads just can't hold that weight. 

The repairs will cost Pecos about $20 million.

Roads in Pecos, and many other West Texas cities, are getting worse. And it's all because rig drivers are parking on city streets and residential areas. Neighbors tell us, they've had enough.

"Normally it creates a cavern where it just errods the sub-surface away," Mayor Richard Alligood, said. "Once that happens, then we start seeing our streets sinking and that starts creating large holes that have to be repaired."

After receiving numerous complaints, Pecos is proposing an ordinance limiting where trucks longer than 25 feet and heavier than 13 tons can travel inside the city.

"Driving these truck with heavy loads on them have done damage to our sewer lines, our water lines, some of our leakage in our water lines, and these are concerns of the residents as well as the city," Alligood said.

But we wanted to see the damage first hand, so Mayor Alligood took us on a tour of Pecos to see just how bad it is, and it was a bumpy ride.

"18 wheelers park on their streets, the drivers come out at 2-3:00 in the morning, crank their 18 wheeler up and let it sit and idle for 30 minutes out there and it can be heard in the homes," Alligood said.

Pecos officials are hoping the ordinance will prevent an accident.

"Sometimes I think," Pecos Resident Jesse Acosta, said, "what if the kids are playing soccer ball in the yard and they kick a ball into the streets and here comes a big semi truck and what if he breaks too late and causes an accident and run over the kid?"

"We've been fortunate, we've had no loss of life or injury due to a truck in our city limits," Alligood said. "However, we're pushing fate by letting it continue."

City leaders hope this ordinance will pass within the next 30 days. If there's a violation, drivers could receive a ticket for up to $1,000.

"We just need to come up with an ordinance that matches state laws on oversized vehicles," Alligood said. "And that's what we're attempting to do."