Navigating the Unexpected

Written by  KAL KINCAID

OVER THE COURSE OF THE PAST YEAR, we have all experienced, both as individuals and collectively, an uncomfortable level of unpredictability.

No one could have predicted the novel coronavirus or its long-term societal effects which uprooted much of our everyday lives and threatened the existence of our livelihoods, but we persevered through each new challenge.

We advocated for and achieved essential status in the early days of the pandemic, and we proved the necessity and ability of our industry time and time again.

When Winter Storm Uri blanketed the state with snow and ice, knocking out power for millions of Texans, we once again rose to the challenge and answered the call from TxDOT to ensure the safety of our fellow Texans and public servants as they ventured from their homes and onto the roadways.

“When Winter Storm Uri blanketed the state with snow and ice, knocking out power for millions of Texans, we once again rose to the challenge and answered the call from TxDOT to ensure the safety of our fellow Texans and public servants as they ventured from their homes and onto the roadways.”

The work you did to aid the state during this extraordinary winter weather event demonstrates the adaptability and grit of AGC of Texas members.

“Your rapid response… was invaluable to TxDOT during the worst winter weather event we have seen in this part of the country in many years. The support your staff provided… allowed us to open roadways more quickly and ensured the safety of the traveling public. Without your efforts… we could not have accomplished what we did,” wrote TxDOT Beaumont District Engineer Chad Bohne.

Yet, despite the countless accolades for your work, I heard member after member echo that you were simply doing what needed to be done.

It is that attitude that allows AGC of Texas members to persevere through whatever challenges life throws at us and to weather whatever storms (both literal and figurative) that come our way.

As our good friend and past president Dean Word III told Gary Scharrer for his story on AGC member response to the winter storm (page 26), “In this business, nothing is ever calm for very long. You never know what the next mini or major crisis will be. You just have to adapt and keep moving ahead.”

And while life is often unpredictable, one thing is for certain: AGC of Texas members know how to adapt and together, we will keep moving forward.



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