ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2 News) – It’s a common problem around Permian Basin roads: potholes and cracks.
“We’ve always had this problem,” says Odessa resident April Barber. “I don’t think the roads have ever been good.”
ABC Big 2 spoke with Dr. Evans Kessey, director of Ector County Public Works about road quality issues. The department currently takes care of 585 lane miles, which stretches resources thin.
“It is really difficult for a county to locate all the areas of distress,” says Kessey. “The budget that is allocated to us, that’s why we’re restricted. It’s hard to get an increase on that.”
Kessey says the county is constantly working on pothole and crack rehabilitation.
It recently released its 2021 road work improvement plan detailing what upgrades to expect this year. It includes more than $7 million in upgrades on Cottonwood road and more than $5 million in upgrades and the widening of West 42nd Street from Moss Ave. to FM 1936.
Potholes and cracks on other Ector County roads will continue to be addressed as well.
“These roads are pretty well worn out,” says Odessa resident Ruben Mesa. “They need to be replaced and re-topped.”
Kessey says so many potholes and cracks pop up because of the heavy commercial trucks constantly on roads.
“The more semi-trucks coming in, stopping, it tends to disturb the soil or material,” says Kessey.
To report a pothole in Ector County, click here.