Catclaw Drive construction delayed due to lack of materials


ABILENE, Texas - Construction on Catclaw Drive in Abilene hit another snag Monday when work was delayed due to lack of materials.

The stretch of Catclaw under construction – between Southwest Drive and Rebecca Lane -- is part of roadwork in the city approved in a 2015 bond election, but city engineer Larry Wright said the setback can be blamed on supply and demand.

"We are fighting for material with other projects going on in town," Wright said. "Abilene Independent School District and other people also have a lot of construction projects going on."

Blue Sky restaurant is one of several businesses located on Catclaw Drive, whose entrance has been blocked off because of the construction. James Montgomery, a manager at the restaurant, told KTXS they've seen a 10-percent decrease in sales revenue since the construction began.

"It has affected us, so we're just trying to be positive and think of the long term and the results following the construction," Montgomery said.

According to Wright, previous delays were caused by the large amount of rain the city received during the spring.

Wright said the delays won't have an impact on the early November completion date due to crews working ahead of schedule.