Overstreet promoted to City Engineer
Overstreet succeeds Russell Pehl, who is joining a private-sector engineering firm. Pehl joined the City in 2012 and has served as city engineer since 2015. He previously served as assistant director of water utilities and in other engineering capacities. During Pehl’s tenure as city engineer, the City launched a 10-year, $80 million plan to rebuild and repave some of San Angelo’s roughest streets, replacing water and sewer lines beneath many of them. Currently, the reconstruction of a two-mile stretch of Bell Street is underway.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in public service,” Pehl said. “I’m proud of strides made to date in improving some of our most degraded roadways. A foundation is being laid that will serve San Angelo well for years to come.”
The city engineer performs civil engineering and manages land development and infrastructure projects, including streets, water and sewer line improvements. The city engineer is responsible for ensuring projects meet requirements related to scope, schedule, budget and quality. Overstreet will approve design plans, negotiate contracts, manage contractors hired under those agreements, and ensure compliance with contract specifications and the overall integrity of projects. He will also manage a 15-member staff.
“Having had the opportunity the last five years to work on all sorts of major projects has only deepened my interest in how we can best improve and maintain streets, drainage and water infrastructure,” Overstreet said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the community by contributing to those important works on an even broader spectrum.”
Overstreet joined the City in 2014. Along with his management positions in the Water Utilities and Engineering departments, he has served as a stormwater engineer and a project engineer. He has been involved in efforts that will extend San Angelo’s water supply beyond 2070, and has designed and overseen construction of several capital improvement and stormwater drainage projects.
Overstreet has a varied background that includes engineering, design and construction projects in both the public and private sectors.
Functions of Engineering Services
- Engineering design and surveying, including project management and inspection services for capital improvement program projects such as the construction and rehabilitation of streets, water and sewer mains, water treatment plans and wastewater reclamation facilities.
- Storm water management
- Floodplain administration
- Subdivision development, including reviewing and approving elements of new commercial and residential subdivision developments, and performing inspections on construction of all public improvements, including streets, sidewalks and water and sewer mains.
- Survey and design, including performing deed research, surveying and AutoCad drafting to build and update base maps for use in the development and maintenance of the City’s Geographic Information System.
Projects currently in bid phase
Engineering Services frequently seeks bids/proposals for capital improvement projects. Those requests for bids and proposals can be found here. For additional information regarding the bid/proposal process, visit the Purchasing Division page.
All contractors proposing to work within the City's water distribution or wastewater collection system must be a pre-approved contractor with Engineering Services. The application, insurance requirements, Texas Commission on Environmental (TCEQ) licensing requirements and a current list of approved contractors can be found under our Water Utilities Engineering Documents.
The City of San Angelo has applied to the Texas Department of Transportation for financial grant support for the following projects:
Ricks Drive / Holiman Elementary School (Safe Routes to School): The proposed project would construct a new 5-foot-wide, 6-inch- thick reinforced concrete, ADA-compliant sidewalk along Ricks Drive from Lowrie Avenue east to McGill Boulevard. Approximately 6,200 feet (1.18 miles) of sidewalk will be constructed. That includes replacing non-compliant curb ramps at 18 intersections and improving drainage to more quickly remove standing rainwater at the Montague/Ricks Drive intersection crosswalk. Thirty feet of sidewalk will connect Producers Park to the route. For a map, click here.
Chadbourne Street Phase B (Shared Use Path): The Chadbourne Street Phase B project is approximately 0.58 of a mile long and sits within 100 feet of the right-of-way width. This proposed project spans from 6th Street to Beauregard Avenue. Proposed project improvements include new ADA-compliant curb ramps, and 6-inch-thick reinforced concrete sidewalks, as well as improvements to traffic signals and pedestrian signals. The project will also convert the street to shared use lanes for bicycles. For a map, click here.
Southwest Boulevard / Lamar Elementary School (Safe Routes to School): This proposed project would construct approximately 1,100 feet of a new 5-foot-wide, 6-inch-thick reinforced concrete, ADA-compliant sidewalk along Southwest Boulevard from Walnut Hill Drive/Dominion Ridge Circle south to Twin Mountain Drive. The sidewalk will provide safety to students walking, riding bicycles, and skating to Lamar Elementary School. The project also includes the installation of handrails, ramps and a pedestrian signal and gate at the railroad crossing to the north of Lamar Elementary. For a map, click here.
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.