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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.

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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.

 

Bell Street Reconstruction Project

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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 is Reece Albert of San Angelo. The work began in July of 2018 and is estimated to be completed in late 2021.

The project 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.

Current project update (Jan. 2020):

Old Ballinger Highway to U.S. Highway 67 is complete.

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U.S. Highway 67 to Pulliam street is approximately 50% complete in rebuilding the roadway and replacing the driving surface with concrete.

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Pulliam Street to the Concho River is approximately 30% complete with sewer infrastructure currently being replaced, once the utilities have been moved then the construction on rebuilding the roadway will begin.

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Bell Street Road Closures and Detours 

Underground utilities on Bell Street are being installed before pavement construction can proceed. This work requires portions of Bell Street to be fully closed. Vehicles will be detoured onto side streets around the work areas, which may stretch as far as three blocks long.    

The work will be ongoing for the next several months. 

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Drivers should anticipate different work zone conditions from day to day.    

Work zone traffic control signs, barricades and detours will be placed in the appropriate areas. Drivers are encouraged to be alert and observe all signs.

What goes into replacing a traffic signal?

Replacing a traffic signal is a lengthy process. Notwithstanding the City's purchasing requirements, there are several steps to the process. 

We optimally attempt to standardize the materials we use. But, unfortunately with traffic signals, this is limited to the brand or type of electrical equipment. Each intersection is unique and requires different dimensions (length or masts, height of poles, size and type of anchors, etc.) such that it is not reasonable to keep these large replacement parts in stock. We do have some of these items on-hand, but it is very lucky if the intersection that is damaged matches what we have. 

If the replacement is due to an accident by an insured driver, insurance agencies become involved since the driver is typically responsible for the cost of repairs. This usually involves itemized quotes for their agency's approval, which also adds additional time.

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Several factors determine the specifications of a traffic signal including location of the base structure, existence and location of intersecting streets, number of lanes, type of lanes (left turn, right turn, straight/turn, etc.), etc. Therefore, each replacement pole is a custom build. This process is usually a 6-9 month lead time after the manufacturer receives the specifications. We source several vendors to manufacture these parts, and we've found this to be the standard regardless of the manufacturer. 

Once the structures are built, they are then sent for testing, inspection, and certification by TxDOT before they can be installed. The actual installation of the signal structure is usually a quick process. However, the materials' lead time is the substantial delaying factor. 

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