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Old 03-01-2013, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Remember when they filed for bankruptcy in late 2012(Ballenger Construction files for bankruptcy - San Antonio Express-News)?

Does anyone know what the status is of their awarded contracts? The little bit of construction that was done near the 10/Huebner project is just ugly and a complete waste if the state is not going to finish working on it.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:16 AM
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I know that work is happening on the Wurzbach Parkway project that was begun by Ballenger. TXDOT publishes a biweekly newsletter about it. The most recent issue talked about closures on 281 that started yesterday.

Wurzbach Parkway - Weekly Updates

There are no newsletters for the I-10 expansion, but there is a project status page at I-10 (Loop 1604 to South of Huebner Road)

IIRC, the bonding company that was backing Ballenger was expected to pick up the slack and line up other businesses to keep the work going.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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Bo, I just came here to post something similar.

From here: http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot...way/021313.pdf

"No news does not equate with
silence…."


I’m still getting between three and five calls each day
asking when the projects defaulted by Ballenger Construction will resume.
My answer is always the same, and I’ll give it again
here (please pass it along to your friends and neighbors):

WE ARE STILL WORKING WITH THE SURETY COMPANY TO SELECT A CONTRACTOR TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT. BID PACKAGES FOR THE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN ASSEMBLED BY THE SURETY COMPANY, AND THE COMPANY IS IN THE PROCESS OF NEGOTIATING TERMS WITH CONTRACTORS. WE HOPE TO HAVE AN IDEA WHO THE CONTRACTORS WILL BE SOON, AND WE EXPECT TO BE BACK TO WORK BY THIS SPRING. AS A REMINDER, THESE PROJECTS WILL CONTINUE AT NO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO TAXPAYERS.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Remember when they filed for bankruptcy in late 2012(Ballenger Construction files for bankruptcy - San Antonio Express-News)?

Does anyone know what the status is of their awarded contracts? The little bit of construction that was done near the 10/Huebner project is just ugly and a complete waste if the state is not going to finish working on it.
As heimerswt posted, TxDOT is still working with the bonding companies for each of the projects. What happens is that the bonding company puts the remainder of the work out for bid. It's a slow process because first of all the engineers needed to get in to each project and determine what was still left to be done, put together the estimates, plans, etc. From what I've heard, though, the process is going substantially faster than was expected and they hope to have work started again by late spring or summer.

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I know that work is happening on the Wurzbach Parkway project that was begun by Ballenger. TXDOT publishes a biweekly newsletter about it. The most recent issue talked about closures on 281 that started yesterday.
Actually, that section wasn't one of Ballenger's projects. There are three segments for Wurzbach Pkwy: west of West Ave., east of Jones-Maltsberger, and the one in the middle. The two outer segments were Ballenger's and they're still idled. The middle one was not affected by Ballenger's demise and has gone on uninterrupted.

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Old 03-01-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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All I know for sure is that you dudes nuked my Whataburger and there's nothing to show for it.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:58 PM
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Actually, that section wasn't one of Ballenger's projects. There are three segments for Wurzbach Pkwy: west of West Ave., east of Jones-Maltsberger, and the one in the middle. The two outer segments were Ballenger's and they're still idled. The middle one was not affected by Ballenger's demise and has gone on uninterrupted.
Thanks for the info. I didn't realize the whole thing wasn't Ballenger's. I had noticed there hadn't been much activity on the eastern section since the news about Ballenger broke, and that would explain why.

Is the drainage work happening along the 281 access road (between the future parkway overpass and Bitters) part of the parkway or a separate project?
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Was Ballenger the company that did all the medians and sidewalks across the city? I swear, weeds aren't supposed to grow out of the middle of a median or sidewalks. What gives? I see that too often and it frustrates me to no end. Is it natural or just shoddy construction?
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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The fact that the projects remain idle is embarrassing. Did Ballenger have a good reputation or is it a company that got contracts because they were the cheaper option? What other projects have they done in the area?
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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The fact that the projects remain idle is embarrassing. Did Ballenger have a good reputation or is it a company that got contracts because they were the cheaper option? What other projects have they done in the area?
I believe they were TxDot's go to construction company for SA and South Texas.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:17 PM
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The fact that the projects remain idle is embarrassing. Did Ballenger have a good reputation or is it a company that got contracts because they were the cheaper option? What other projects have they done in the area?
I heard a radio soundbite the other day from someone who said that TXDOT knew from its own estimates that Ballenger had underbid some of these projects by over a million dollars, but they were the low bidder. State law says the state has to go with the low bidder. I don't think we citizens should want big projects like this going to someone other than the low bidder. It would open up to many opportunities for cronyism.
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