Sullivan City started construction Wednesday on the El Pinto Road project.
Workers started cutting through asphalt Wednesday morning, preparing for the complete reconstruction and repaving of El Pinto Road.
“I told them that I’m going to fix El Pinto,” Garcia said, adding that he campaigned on repairing city roads. “And it’s a done deal.”
El Pinto Road is a key north-south artery in Sullivan City, connecting U.S. 83 with Rosendo Benavides Elementary School. Parents and residents complained about the road for years.
Water lines underneath El Pinto Road weren’t protected by casings, said utility Director Ivan Sandoval, who represents Sullivan City on the seven-member board.
Heavy trucks occasionally ruptured the water lines, creating small sinkholes and disrupting traffic. The largest sinkhole damaged a La Joya school bus last year.
“Year after year, it’s just been getting worse and worse,” Sandoval said.
The utility district partnered with Sullivan City to fix El Pinto Road, providing $134,000 for the project, Sandoval said. After Sullivan City reconstructs the road, Precinct 3 will handle the repaving work.
“We’re not going to patch,” Garcia said. “We’re going to overlay the whole road.”
Construction started at the intersection with U.S. 83 and will gradually move north toward Tablero Road during the next seven weeks.