Traveling on the newly paved Hwy 96 in Lumberton has been something of a nightmare says, one local driver.
“That lip of pavement rocks the car; it’s a struggle to keep the wheels straight,” driver known as WP said.
The staged overlay project of Hwy 96 through the city has baffled drivers. Why has the stage the paving, if can’t be completed quickly?
“Let me just say, that’s TxDOT’s deal,” Lumberton City Manager S. Clark said. “What has been completed has been really good.”
But, the headaches caused by the completion process of the overlay project have been too frustrating.
“Especially, at the West Chance Cutoff where there’s a two-inch lip which, I’ve been told, is the maximum (height) that the can be ground.”
The Ledger contact TxDOT’s Sarah Dupre, Beaumont/ Port Arthur Public Information Officer about the project staging.
“They will be overlaying the lip shortly; they work Sunday through Thursday night, weather permitting,” she said.
That last part is the key as the contractor cannot lay asphalt in the rain.
Dupre said that the entire project from the Village Creek Bridge to the split at the Hwys 69/96 would be completed at the end of next month.
She says the project area in town should be completed very soon.
Still, it hasn’t rained every night, so what’s the hold up completing the overlay in town?
The Ledger reached out to Gulf States, Texas Materials Group, Inc., responsible for the paving work for more information. Our calls were not returned by press time.
In other news, the Lumberton City Council met in regular session on June 10, covering agenda items primarily dealing with drainage issues on private property.
Approval for two variance requests by Kevin Jones allowed for developing drainage procedures in the Copper Point subdivision.
Jones asked to develop a drainage area in the back half of a Kala Circle property of Copper Point Phase I.
Councilman D. Maniscalco raised concern over the lifespan of drainage pipe materials under potential long-term exposure.
A second request by Jones asked to encroach upon land to drain 35 percent of Copper Point Phase II lots 50-66.
Mayor Surratt stated that previous discussions identified the Copper Point HOA as responsible for maintenance of the drainage system.
“We don’t want to be here 20 or 30 years from now with a problem,” he said, asking if the city had an easement in the back.
Lumberton City Curtis Soileau explained that “the city would have to go to each property owner to get an easement,” if future drainage problems arise.