Cameron Co. Road Project Blocking Access to Resident’s Home

5 years 5 months 1 week ago Friday, March 10 2017 Mar 10, 2017 March 10, 2017 6:32 PM March 10, 2017 in News

LOS INDIOS - A Los Indios woman said her garage sale business has been affected by a road project.

Resident Ibuvijes Pena said the main entrance to her home was replaced by an access road, which turns muddy when it rains. She said her business came to a stop some time ago.

“It’s been about three to four months that I haven’t sold a penny,” she said.

The items Pena usually sells are now piling up.

“I have yard sales, but I haven’t been able to do any money because I don’t have any access to the street,” she said. “The people usually come and they don’t know how to get in.”

Pena said construction on the road outside her home blocks her off and keeps visitors out.

“There’s no way in and there’s a lady that comes for furniture and there’s no way in,” she said.

The widening project on US 281 began on Feb. 2014. Pena said it has slowly crept its way up to her driveway.

She said even her caretaker faces trouble accessing the home on a daily basis.

“I don’t think that’s fair because she is supposed to have access to the street, a good street to be able to come in and out of my house,” she said.

The Texas Department of Transportation made an access entry for Pena. However, she said it’s difficult to drive her car through it on rainy days.

“At times, I cannot even get out of my driveway for not just one day, one afternoon, no, more like three to four days,” she said.

TxDOT spokesperson Octavio Saenz said it’s common practice to communicate with people who will be affected during any construction or rehabilitation project.

“People have a right to access their property, and we understand that perfectly and we do everything in our power to do it immediately,” he said. “If there’s ever one moment where we need to interrupt the flow a bit, we’ll always have communications with the individual.”

Saenz said the rehabilitation project and widening of US 281 is expected to wrap up next month.

Pena said she’s looking forward to welcome more customers in the near future.

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