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Homeowners say LBJ Express Project is damaging their houses

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Homeowners who live off of I-635 in Dallas are frustrated about the construction going on behind their homes between Marsh Lane and Webb Chapel Road.

They're not upset about traffic delays, though -- a number of them claim the construction is causing major damage to their homes' foundations. At least 60 homeowners in the High Meadow area off the expressway have complaints that the construction has done serious damage to their property.

The company responsible for the construction, however, says that there's no evidence right now that proves the damage is because of the LBJ project.

Homeowner Danae Gutierrez says her home has become a fun house since the construction began right behind her residence.

"What they ended up doing was they had to cut into the framework so that they'd be able to close the [front] door," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez isn't alone.

"It's been a few months ago…started seeing cracks, crack between the walls on the floor board, cracks in the ceilings, on the doors," said homeowner Jeff Moore. "Started getting concerned about it."  

The company contracted for building the highway, Ferrovial, in partnership with Trinity Infrastructure, says their work has nothing to do with the damage.

"At this time, we don't have anything as far evidence that supports that there have been any damages caused by construction-related activities," said Heather Delapp with Trinity.

Moore says he and his family have owned their home for more than 30 years, and they've never had an issue with the foundation until now.

"I think when suddenly everybody's having problems and they haven't had problems over the last 30 or 40 years since these houses were built, it's a pretty good indicator," said Moore.

The construction company says it needs hard evidence.

"Before photos or after photos or any sort of engineering reports…some sort of substantial evidence that we can go off of to start a claims process to actually investigate each and every one of them," said Delapp.

Moore says in October of 2013, he had his foundation inspected. Then in January, he says it dropped about an inch.

Ferrovial's spokesperson says they weren't informed of that report.

"That's the first I'm actually hearing of that," said Delapp. "We don't have…I don't know the names of any of the homeowners that are claiming damages," said Delapp. "I don't even know their property addresses."

The homeowners sent a list of demands to Ferrovial. They want to be compensated for dealing with the ongoing construction and their houses to be fixed.

The homeowner's association is scheduled to meet Monday night to decide what to do next.

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