The City of San Angelo will begin an $80 million, 10-year project to improve city streets.
According to Shane Kelton, City of San Angelo operations director, in 2015, Fugro Roadware conducted a technical analysis of 660 lane miles of city streets. The findings weren’t good but Kelton said not surprising after decades of deferred maintenance. San Angelo’s streets earned a pavement condition index of 45.9 on a 100-point scale.
The study ranked in priority order several stretches of streets that require total reconstruction including rebuilding the roadways’ bases. Those include portions of Bell and 29th streets; Martin Luther King Drive; College Hills and Southwest boulevards; Avenue N; and Glenna Drive.
Engineering design work on the first reconstruction projects has begun.
Proposed construction dates for phase one projects are:
· Martin Luther King Drive from Loop 306 to 29th Street – October 2016 to January 2018
· Bell Street from Rio Concho Drive to Harris Avenue – December 2016 to May 2018
· Bell Street from Harris Avenue to Loop 306 – March 2018 to April 2019
· Bell Street from Loop 306 to Old Ballinger Highway – September 2018 to October 2019
The study also prioritized many other streets for mill and overlay – a process in which a roadway’s asphalt is ground away and the surface replaced. Those thoroughfares include portions of Sunset and Glenna drives; Smith, Southwest and South College Hills boulevards; Johnson and Chadbourne streets; and Concho Avenue.
Proposed construction dates for the first mill-and-overlay projects are:
· South College Hills Boulevard from Loop 306 to Valleyview Boulevard – September 2016 to March 2017
· South Chadbourne Street from West Avenue B to East Avenue L and North Chadbourne Street from U.S. Highway 67 to East Concho Avenue and from Loop 306 to 43rd Street.
The timing of these projects may vary depending on bid prices and available funding, but should take place between November 2016 through July 2017.
Currently, the City is working to sealcoat city streets. Sealcoating is a preventative measure that extends the life of the street surface by applying a layer of asphalt and rock to prevent moisture from seeping underneath the surface layer of the road and damaging the base. Every city street is on an eight-year seal coating cycle.
The City Council has committed to issuing $16 million in bonds every other year over the coming decade to finance street projects. That debt will not impact the property tax rate.
Kelton said these repairs are critical to San Angelo’s infrastructure.