Weeks after Galveston County residents began complaining about damage to vehicles from flying debris left from a road-milling project, and an unresponsive contractor, some have finally received feedback — denial letters from Durwood Greene Construction.
“They’re just blowing us off and it’s frustrating,” said Steven Lamb, who asserts his BMW automobile was damaged by the debris. “It’s frustrating on several points. My car is damaged, but also taxpayers are paying for shoddy workmanship.
“I keep thinking, if someone had been on a motorcycle, with an open-faced helmet, someone could have been killed with this.”
Lamb is among many upset drivers that called the Texas Department of Transportation to complain about the contracting company and the work it performed on the northbound and southbound lanes of a 2.1-mile stretch of highway between Tiki Island and Texas City, said Danny Perez, spokesman for the department.
Transportation department officials have been referring callers to Durwood Greene, but many residents complained that no one representing the company would answer the phone.
Durwood Greene Construction has not responded to numerous requests for comment.
Lamb finally heard back Thursday.
“After investigation, discussion and review of your claim, it has been determined that Durwood Greene Construction Co. is not liable for your claim,” said Nick Holub, safety director for the company in an email to Lamb. “Your claim is considered road hazard.”
Lamb asserts that aside from initial photos he emailed the company, he has had no other interactions with Durwood Greene and isn’t sure how it could make that kind of determination.
A Houston attorney, William Underwood III, who offered to represent anyone with damaged vehicles in a lawsuit against Durwood Greene, said he’d heard from about 25 people over such claims and that Lamb isn’t alone.
“It is obvious that they are not planning to voluntarily do anything on this,” Underwood said.
Five people have contacted Underwood about rejection of claims, he said.