Brownsville resident agonizes over bad road

A Brownsville man is voicing his outrage over "shoddy" caliche roads and blocked drainage ditches that threaten to increase flooding problems in the area.

The roads are not paved, said Roberto Lozano. We were promised the roads were going to be paved. There's no street lights.

We are having a lot of problems with coyotes and the drain ditches are always flooded and the roads are getting flooded as well.

About a year and a half ago, Lozano started building a home at a new subdivision on the edge of town in Brownsville from the developer S R Campbell Properties out of Harlingen.

Lozano says S R Campbell promised him paved streets and street lights as soon as his home was built.

Today, the roads remain unpaved and it's pitch black at night. In most areas, the shrub in the drainage ditches are at a higher level than the street.

And Lozano says when it rains it causes ponding.

I've been working with the city of Brownsville to try to make this a better place, said Lozano.

Brownsville Public Health Department did show up today to treat the ponding.

Reporter: What are you going to do with the standing water issues?

I'm just going to go ahead and treat it to prevent mosquitoes from being born, said W. Gonzalez with the Brownsville Public Health Department.

In order to try and correct the street problem Action 4 News called Brownsville Public Works Department.

"When a subdivision is first designed by the engineer as per his clients wishes, it's taken through certain procedures, said the Assistant Public Works Director Santiago Navarro. If it gets approved, then the developer puts up the money to put up the infrastructure, the roads, including the pavement of the road.

Navarro said prior to the city annexing the area where Lozano lives, the contractor dropped the ball on the project although it is their responsibility to finish the project.

Navarro says the city currently doesn TMt have enough funds or immediate plans to finish this subdivision.

Navarro added that the city has to allocate their funds to areas that are highly populated. The subdivision where Lozano lives currently has four homes.

The Department of Public Works did say they will go to the property and clear out the ditches.