Brownwood not 'satisfied' with road work after several delays


BROWNWOOD, Texas - The city of Brownwood says it's exploring options on how to fix a recently repaved road that doesn't meet its standards.

Two weeks ago, 4th Street between Coggin Avenue and Avenue K opened up two months behind schedule after the city paid Waldrop Construction half a million dollars to add new pavement.

"As it turned out there were some issues that were not expected that came up in terms of their equipment," said Jerry DeHay, city councilman of Ward 5.

The project came up at Tuesday's city council meeting with several members voicing their displeasure.

According to city documents, city council awarded a bid of $528,000 to Waldrop Construction in April to repave parts of 4th Street. Funding came from a 2016 certificate of obligation dedicated to fixing roads.

The documents state the re-pavement was expected to be finished in August. DeHay said Waldrop was the sole bidder for that project

Both the city and Waldrop Construction acknowledge the repaving was hampered by equipment and weather delays.

But DeHay said the missed deadline wasn't the only issue.

"We are not satisfied with the quality of the finished product in terms of being up to our usual standards," DeHay said. "But there was no point in continuing to go any further."

Paul Waldrop operates the construction company and said he takes full responsibility for the issue.

"In the 70 years of business we have never left a customer dissatisfied," Waldrop said.

He said the company will try to work with the city to mitigate the problems on 4th Street.

"It's unfortunate that the city brought this up at a council meeting before talking to us about it. But that happens," Waldrop said.

In a council meeting on October 24, members met in executive session to discuss "legal issues regarding contract with Waldrop Construction," according to the agenda.

Council decided not to take any action on the item after returning from the closed session.

Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford said they're looking at several options at the moment.

"We are going to take a look at our contract," Crawford said.

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