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
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.
Current project update (October 2019):
- Old Ballinger Highway to U.S. Highway 67 is complete.
- U.S. Highway 67 to Pulliam street is approximately 40% complete.
- Pulliam Street to the Concho River is approximately 20% complete with sewer infrastructure currently being replaced.
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 location and length of work zones will change as the work progresses north from Schwartz Street to Pulliam Street.
The work will be ongoing for the next several months.
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.