Fort Worth homeowner wants to know: Where's her wall?

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 5:25 AM

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FORT WORTH — Along the route of the Chisholm Trail Parkway construction project, bulldozers and barriers are a common sight, but Fort Worth homeowner, Margie Virchis sees a problem.

"It's a major thoroughfare for the trucks to go haul dirt and rock all day long," she said. "The problem is that everyone has gotten their noise boundary wall expect for me."

Virchis lives on Stockton Drive. Her backyard is next to the construction site.

Her neighbors on either side have concrete walls shielding them from the dirt. Virchis said those barriers went in earlier this year. All she got was the rebar reinforcement — no wall.

She claims the barrier for her home was set to be installed months ago. In June, Virchis contacted the North Texas Tollway Authority, the agency in charge of the project.

"They responded by saying there was something compromising the walls on either side, and they didn't want to put my wall up until they fixed the other walls," she said. "They said I would have a wall by August."

The NTTA said its Public Involvement Team has been in contact with Virchis for three months. Agency spokeswoman Susan Suplecki sent a statement to News 8 which reads, in part:

"...at no point has the PI team provided her a specific completion date — only that the work is anticipated to be finished by the end of the summer and not specifically the month of August..."

The NTTA also mentioned there are no delays with Virchis' barrier, and that its completion date has never changed.

"...no changes have occurred, and construction on this barrier — as well as other barriers slated for construction in the area — remains on schedule."

For Virchis, it doesn't make sense.

"Everyone has their sound wall," she said. "And at least, they, my neighbors, can cover it [the construction] up and get away from it."

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Read the full statement from the North Texas Tollway Authority:

The work on Ms. Virchis’ barrier is actually on schedule and is anticipated to be complete by the end of the summer. That said, our Public Involvement team (Open Channels Group) did speak with Ms. Virchis in June and was in email correspondence with her as recently as yesterday. However, at no point has the PI team provided her a specific completion date – only that the work is anticipated to be finished by the end of the summer...and not specifically the month of August.

It goes without saying that transportation projects like the Chisholm Trail Parkway are, by their nature, very complex and, as such, follow a precise project schedule. The work is sequenced out, and if anything changes over the course of that sequence (such as delays due to weather), then the construction schedule is revised accordingly. Any changes in the schedule are then communicated to the residents.

In Ms. Virchis’ case, however, no changes have occurred and construction on this barrier – as well as other barriers slated for construction in the area – remains on schedule.


 

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