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.
The mission of the Traffic Operations division is to continually improve the mobility of the traveling public and pedestrians in our community in a way that increases safety for all citizens. Traffic Operations does that by maintaining 118 signalized intersections, 13,880 street signs and 95 miles of pavement markings. Its core functions include:
- Signal timing and phasing improvements
- Installation and replacement of LED bulbs at all signalized intersections
- Installation and replacement of video detection systems
- Installation, inspection and oversight of new signals
- Repair and maintenance of damaged signals
- Installation, maintenance and repair of school zone, flood warning and pedestrian flashing beacons
- Traffic signal warrant studies
- Traffic speed studies
- Average daily traffic (ADT) studies
- Speed hump studies (Contact Engineering Services for application)
- Coordination of emergency service vehicle detection and preemption
- Installation, repair, and GIS data collection of all signs
- In-house sign design
- Installation and maintenance of pavement markings
- Adopt-A-Spot signs
- Installation and maintenance of crosswalks
- Speed hump installation
- On-street parking, signs and markings
- Red fire hydrant curb markings
Bell Street signals
- Scheduled completion date of January 2020
- Intersection of Bell and Harris streets
- Intersection of Bell Street and Rio Concho Drive
Construction or damaged signals
Motorists should use caution or an alternative route at these intersections:
- The signal at South Abe Street and West Concho Avenue was damaged beyond repair April 20. Southbound traffic on Abe Street will be controlled by a flashing yellow light and is not required to stop. Eastbound and westbound traffic on West Concho will be controlled by stop signs and is a required stop. Signal replacement is tentatively scheduled for mid- to late December 2018.
The traffic signal at Knickerbocker Road and Valleyview Drive was damaged Thursday, Nov. 14. For the next few weeks, all directions of traffic will be controlled by a flashing red light, requiring all vehicles to stop. The estimated time for repairs and replacement to the traffic light is 30-45 days.