Despite early delays, city street projects being finished on timePublished 10:08am Thursday, September 5, 2013
The city of Austin’s street reconstruction projects weren’t delayed by much due to a rainy start to the summer.
Public Works Director Steven Lang said the wet weather in May and June prevented contractors from getting several street projects off the ground, but the relatively dry weather since then has proved fruitful for construction workers and residents alike. Only two projects are behind schedule thus far, and only by about a week, according to Lang.
“From the wet spring that we had, I think we were overall doing pretty good,” he said.
Contractors finished the reconstruction project at Eighth Street Northwest and Southwest last week. Though it was technically a week past the city’s schedule, Lang said contractors finished the project, which started later than intended, a few days earlier than budgeted.
Most of the city’s projects, including a trail from Younkers to Target near Interstate 90 and Highway 218, were completed on schedule, according to the city’s timeline. Some projects were shifted to account for the weather, but Lang said all street projects should be finished by the first week of November.