Sealcoating of City streets soon to begin

The City of San Angelo will soon begin its yearly program of street maintenance.

The City Council today awarded Ronald R. Wagner & Co. of Kendalia, Texas, a $2.4 million contract to perform the work, as it has the last two years. The sealcoating of selected streets throughout the city represents the third year of an eight-year cycle to maintain every city roadway in San Angelo.

The project’s start date will depend upon the contractor’s availability. The work will take about three weeks and will conclude in August. Streets in the Fairview addition, Santa Rita and in the University and College Hills areas will be treated, as will Twin Mountain Drive. For maps of the streets to be sealcoated, see the right-hand side of the Street & Bridge page.

Cars parked on the streets being sealcoated could be subject to towing.

“We will alert homeowners beforehand,” City Engineer Russell Pehl said. “We desperately need their cooperation in keeping vehicles from being parked on the streets. We need these roadways cleared to ensure maximum effectiveness of this maintenance program.”

Sealcoating is not to be confused with resurfacing a roadway. Sealcoating is a preventative measure. It involves applying a thin layer of asphalt and rock to a street’s surface. That prevents moisture from seeping into the asphalt and damaging the roadway’s base. The process extends the life of a street’s surface.

The City Council last year approved an $80 million, 10-year plan to rebuild San Angelo’s worst streets. The first project – reconstruction of MLK Drive – is halfway done and is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2018. The first phase of a three-phase project to rebuild Bell Street will begin in the fall. The construction schedule is available at cosatx.us/streets.

Traffic Operations

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. It's core functions include:

Traffic systems

  • 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

Traffic operations

  • 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

Projects

Advance traffic management system (ATMS)

  • City Council approved project on Feb. 6, 2017
  • Currently scheduled to be complete and operational by July 1, 2017
  • Initial roadways included in this project are Knickerbocker Road, Sherwood Way and Bryant Boulevard (U.S.  Highway 87)
  • Includes approximately 60 intersections

MLK Drive signals

  • Scheduled completion date of June 2018 
  • Intersection of MLK Drive and 19th Street (State Highway 208)
  • Intersection of MLK Drive and 29th Street

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:

  • MLK Drive and 29th Street - MLK Drive is currently closed to southbound traffic as construction of the MLK Project continues. 
  • The signal at Main and Pulliam streets was damaged beyond repair in the June 23 storm. The intersection will remain an all-way stop until it can be replaced.
  • A traffic signal at Pecos and Van Buren streets was removed this morning after it was damaged during a car crash. The four-way intersection is now controlled by stop signs. Replacing the signal may take several weeks.