AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some residents in Travis Heights woke up frustrated this weekend after realizing a house that was set to be moved Friday night is now stuck in the middle of their neighborhood, blocking several homes.
The house was moved Friday night from Brackenridge Street on its way to Lockhart, but the house only made it to the middle of East Live Oak Street, off South Congress Avenue, before getting stuck.
The roads are now barricaded and will stay that way until the moving company, Austin Home Movers, can get a temporary road block permit from the City Transportation department Monday. The company plans on getting the permit and having the house moved out of the area by Monday evening.
Cheyenne Krause, public information specialist for the Austin Transportation Department, said the city did not put up the barricades. The moving company was required to pay for them and put them up themselves. Krause said the company was cited for blocking the roadway without a permit.
“We apologize to everyone for the inconvenience,” said Austin Home Movers in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to alleviate the situation.”
Ed Sapir says it’s blocking his driveway. He thought it was a fool’s errand in the first place.
“Well leave it where it is, fix it up, and make it nice, rather than taking it outside the city,” said Sapir.
To get a permit there’s a $45 application fee according to the city website.
Then they’d pay 10 cents per square foot for one lane and 20 cents per square foot for the second lane per day. And since they violated city code by blocking these lanes, the fine from the city will be equal to the cost of the permit.