The Street & Bridge Division is responsible for maintaining all roadways, alleys and pertinent structures related to both. It also performs a wide variety of other tasks, including but not limited to herbiciding and mosquito spraying, picking up illegal dumping, and setting barrels out for flooding and street closure permits.
Speed limits on Bell St. lowered for construction
Speed limits on Bell Street have been reduced to 25 mph in construction zones to ensure workers’ and motorists’ safety as the roadway is being rebuilt.
The contractor on the $22 million reconstruction of Bell Street, Reece Albert of San Angelo, is installing signs notifying drivers of the change. Existing signs noting the normal speed limit of 40 mph on the thoroughfare will be removed or covered until the project is complete.
The work, which is expected to span four years, involves removing, replacing and relocating water and sewer lines at a cost of approximately $12 million. The remaining $10 million will be spent rebuilding the roadway from the base up. Its new driving surface will be concrete, which is more durable and requires less maintenance and fewer repairs than asphalt.
The roadwork is scheduled to occur in the following phases:
- October 2018 to May 2019 – Old Ballinger Highway to U.S. Highway 67.
- August 2019 to May 2020 – U.S. Highway 67 to Harris Street.
- May 2020 to March 2021 – Harris Street to the Concho River.
The work to replace utility lines in the first phase began on Bell Street’s far north end earlier this year.