Posted: Oct 25, 2012 6:08 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 6:55 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A construction project on South Padre Island Drive has left some pretty frustrated drivers after chunks of gravel dinged their windshields. One man, Jack Pegram said there needs to be a crack-down on highway cleanup.
"We came down the highway and all the sudden, bang bang, two rocks just in one day," Jack said.
He's a daily driver on the highway and he said it wasn't just a few dings in his windshield that brought him to Mo Glass Thursday morning.
"Yeah the whole windshield," Jack said.
The entire piece had to be replaced and Jack claims the damage is due to the highway construction and the excess gravel left behind. Meanwhile, business is increasing for people like Charles Patrick who owns Mo Glass
"The last couple of weeks business has increased probably 40-55 percent on windshield repairs," Patrick said.
Sending drivers like Jack in with unexpected dings and cracks on his car, he said the loose rocks need to be removed. "It's good that they're repaving the road but come in with a clean up crew and get those rocks off the road."
TxDot agreed, saying they have plans to change their cleaning schedule by street sweeping the highway more often to get rid of the excess rocks. However, for Jack, it's too little, too late. Jack said, not only did he have to bring in his own car for repairs, he also had to bring in his wife's vehicle to have her windshield replaced as well.
"This one's going to cost me 250 and my wife's car's going to be 275," Jack said. A cost he said could have been avoided. "It definitely wouldn't of happened if they would've cleaned up the road."
He said, it would be nice to get reimbursed for the pricey patch work but for now he's just counting on the construction wrapping up on the highway soon.
TxDot officials said, crews are working quickly to finish the project and expect the resurface step to be finished by the end of next week. Drivers looking for some reimbursement can contact TxDot for more information.
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