Heavy rains have slowed project, but Sanchez confident work will get done

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

The sewer improvement projects in the Rancho Alegre area have suffered some setbacks in recent weeks due to the heavy rains that affected the area. Jim Wells County Precinct 2 Commissioner Zenaida Sanchez is confident that the work will get done, and said the public will see noticeable improvements.

"We have two separate contracts going on in the area right now. I realize that the folks in the area are impatient right now, but due to the recent bad weather and the fact that they are building in a flood plain area, they are just going to have to be patient," Sanchez said.

Both Younts Construction and ABD Construction are currently working on projects in the Westside community.

ABD is still on schedule to complete their project, as per contract, but Younts is currently in talks to receive additional time to finish the sewer improvement project, according to Pete Anaya, an engineer with Coym, Rehmet and Gutierrez Engineering, who is in charge of overseeing the engineering aspects of the project.

Younts originally signed to complete the work by March 4. They have since asked for additional days, and Anaya said officials were in discussions with the company. ABD was contracted to complete the work on July 15 which Anays said might be possible.

"They have asked for additional time, but they're on some of their last lines right now, and should be complete by that time or within a few days of that date," Anaya said.

Much of that time variation is due to the weather, county officials said. Rancho Alegre experienced some of the worst flooding in Jim Wells County last month, and the area experienced more wet weather late this week, which puts a hamper on construction efforts.

Sanchez said that the county was able to secure additional grant funding, enough to ensure that several roads in the area will receive seal coating when the improvements are completed.

As for the condition of the roads after the project, Sanchez said, "they will be better then they were before."