By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton said the road construction project has been an unusual one.
For the three year project the city has one set of crews working on replacing water lines under the road, one crew working on the roads themselves; and the project is being funded by three separate entities, including the Texas Water Development Board, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city of Commerce.
Commerce is currently in year two of the three year project, with the reconstruction of Harlow Road the first year.
According to Clayton, construction went over the planned deadline the city had set for the construction company because for a time, the workers were nowhere to be found.
“There was one period where he disappeared for six weeks,” he said. “He finally finished it.”
Clayton said something good came out of it though. Since the company finished it so late, the city didn’t have to pay the company near as much, freeing up money to go toward other road projects.
“That’s going to allow us to do more work along Charity Road,” he said.
The road construction has caused some longer and more difficult drives to work, especially for students and faculty at A&M-Commerce. Clayton admitted it has been an inconvenience but said it will be worth it when the roads are rebuilt.
“It’s not as timely as I’d like it, but it is what it is,” he said.
Crews recently began work on year two of three, which includes three phases that will take approximately eight months each to complete.
Phase one includes Lee Street, from Bois D’ Ark to Monroe Street; Bois D’ Arc Street, from Lee to Hunt Street; and Monroe Street from north of Greenville Street to Live Oak Street.
Phase two includes Monroe Street from Walnut to Greenville Street, and Stonewall Street from Bryan to Monroe Street.
Three roads are included in phase three of the project. West Neal Street from Culver to Cooper Street; Washington Street from Culver to Maple Street; and Monroe Street from Live Oak to Bonham Street.