Good news on the construction front.
Phase one of the major project on Maplewood Avenue in Wichita Falls has has now wrapped.
“This is really a wonderful project,” said Adele Lèwis, TxDOT Public Information Officer.
The first part of the $1.3 million project is now complete, with southbound lanes between East Montgomery Place and Mallard now open.
Since March, TxDOT has been replacing culverts, widening the road and replacing sidewalks.
“As soon as they get the tabs down, so that motorists will know what lane they’re in and as soon as they finish cleaning up and sweeping this area, they’ll be opening up this evening,” Lewis stated.
She said she hasn’t heard that many complaints about the project closing down part of Maplewood; but staff at a nearby restaurant say it’s taken a toll on business.
“Yeah that does,” said Nickie Chang with Hunan Restaurant.
She wouldn’t disclose specific numbers, but Chang said some customers just didn’t want to deal with having to drive around and find a new way in.
She also acknowledged the construction was needed. She also thanks customers for their patience during construction.
“First thing they say is ‘Oh my god.’ When are they going to finish? When will it become easier to find you guys?'”
Despite the occasional gripe, there’s no hard feelings, as Maplewood construction workers enjoyed lunch inside Hunan on Tuesday.
“We complain a little bit; but deep in our heart, it’s good for the city and for everybody.
And soon, diners will have a much easier route to digest getting in and out of Chang’s place.
This comes as workers gear up to tear into the northbound lanes and start paving improvements on the other side of Maplewood.
This project is being done with federal funding that pays for bridge replacements on city and county roads.