Tx-Dot took two months to put in dedicated u-turn lanes at 287 and 51 FM 730 (I think I could have done it I two weeks with a handfull of bags of Redi-Mix) but for some unknown reason they refuse to open them.
The story I heard was "the overpass needs to be measured for clearence and a sign made stating the height under the bridge for large trailers". I guess the state has the only tape measure for that job.
Its because the city engineer has to talk to dispatch of the Tx DOT who will then schedule an inspection of the county road services who will report back to the railroad commissioner that the city engineer has requested such. This action will cause Austin to post a bulletin in all applicable newsapapers in the SW of the intent to file a "road use" request with the Texas Highway Department for a needs analysis for the said u-turn. The needs analysis will be outsourced to a third party on a 3 vendor submission requirement and a highly skilled advisory group will award the contract after a brief review by the ethics committee in Austin. Please note the third party vendor should have partial ownership by a protected class. After all this has been completed with an additional estimate of 6 weeks for lost paperwork. An order will be posted through a call center in Bangladesh which will allow the City Civil service to send Bubba out to move the barricades. Please note the barricades must then sit on the median for at least 6 months.Barry - you are an attorney -- you certainly understand bureaucracy. You guys mix it up so everybody gets a piece of the action. Remember $$$ makes the world go around.
Don't they have to wait for the mayor to string up a ribbon or something?
Just another typical example of Mr. Bill Nelson's leadership and ability. (local TxDot engineer). As for not being opened, 2:03 is correct in that TxDot did not order Clearance signs and apparently it takes several months for someone to make one. Blame lies 100% with TxDot as the city has no say in that project.
It's the Democrats.
And by the way, the problem is at 287 & FM 730, not FM 51.
I was just wondering about that today. When it's time to go to school, the off-ramp from 287 to FM 730 is always backed up. It's a mess. A few accidents might get them moving.A few weeks ago, somebody went out and moved the barriers. A few days later the barriers were back in place.
There is no legitimate reason why these roads cannot be opened. More political BS...which means the folks who are in "charge" of things are either LAZY or flat STUPID!
Liability issues. If the State does not put up signs at the right visual location, the right colors, and warning of all the dangers: such as "please do not put on makeup while driving", then someone could be putting on makeup, speeding and crash into the overpass. Being hurt, they would then sue the State because there was no sign to tell them they should not be putting on makeup while driving. Somebody should have told them.
This does seem to be a standard bureaucratic screw up. I suppose Nelson is key to the problem. I guess someone just didn't check off the box that said "order needed signage". TxDOT's apparent ignorance of project management principles is legendary. BTW - as far as I know, Republicans control just about every state office.
Just another fantastic example of what a clusterf&*K the highway work in Wise County is.As I mentioned before...We can add this to the list of..."Massive delay in 380 project because concrete was poured too rough and contractor had to bring in grinders for weeks on end to smooth...""Having to go back and add accelleration lanes and deacceleration lanes at the last minute to the project before opening up EB lanes...""Planning the original project for Asphault in stead of concrete...""Failing to require a major sand plant operation [TRINITY MATERIALS] to sweep and maintain their entrance and highway where they drop a ton of aggregate onto public highway everyday...""The idiotic 380-business 380 intersection the setup while the project is going... Can you please explain why there is no turning lanes? [how hard is it temporary stripe it so you can turn off of 380 onto bus 380 w/o getting killed. DANGEROUS!!]"AND this is just on the 380 project... (originally planned for a 1994 completion)... Doesn't even bring up the complete goatf$%K that is the 1810-287 intersection... or the collossal joke that is 287-380 intersection. I would love to hear the einstein that dreamed that one up explain it.IDIOTS. IDIOTS.
Since we all own giant trucks in Wise County, Lets just drive around the barricade. Do you really think the Decatur Police Department would sit there and monitor the renegades. I think not. We'll just run them over too.RENEGADES FOR LIFE
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