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.

Proposed timelines for first round
of street improvement projects

The City Council has approved financing $80 million in street improvement projects over 10 years to be completed in five phases. The timelines below are estimations that will change as projects advance through each process. Replacement of water and sewer lines beneath these roadways will occur in conjunction to the street improvements.

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Martin Luther King Boulevard from Loop 306 to 29th Street

  • Currently under construction until approximately June 2018. 

Bell Street Phase 1 from Rio Concho Drive to Harris Avenue

  • Design - Complete
  • Bid process - July 2017 through September 2017
  • Construction - October 2017 through March 2019

Bell Street Phase 2 from Harris Avenue to Loop 306

  • Design - Through October 2017
  • Bid process - February 2018 through April 2018
  • Construction - May 2018 through June 2019

Bell Street Phase 3 from Loop 306 to Old Ballinger Highway

  • Design - Through October 2017 
  • Bid process - August 2018 through October 2018
  • Construction - November 2018 through January 2020

Southland Boulevard Phase A from Sherwood Way to the Walmart/Sam's traffic signal

  • Construction is expected to begin mid-to-late July in coordination with TxDot's Sherwood Way project

College Hills Boulevard from Loop 306 to Valleyview Boulevard

  • Design - Complete 
  • Bid process - September 2017 through November 2017
  • Construction - November 2017 through May 2018

South Chadbourne Street from Avenue L to Avenue B

  • Project design is on hold awaiting the results of a TxDOT Grant Application to assist in funding Chadbourne Street Improvements

North Chadbourne Street from Loop 306 to Avenue B

  • Project design is on hold awaiting the results of a TxDOT Grant Application to assist in funding Chadbourne Street Improvements

North Chadbourne Street from Loop 306 to West 43rd Street

  • Design - Through August 2017 
  • Bid process - September 2017 through October 2017
  • Construction - May 2018 through December 2018

City streets improve, but remain a work in progress

We know – San Angelo streets are in a sad state.

The City of San Angelo is playing catch-up to rebuild and repave its bumpiest thoroughfares. Progress is being made, though not as fast as anyone – including us – would like.Shane Kelton

Bell Street is the obvious example. We had hoped to start the project more than a year ago. But we encountered issues acquiring easements. Then the lone bid for the first phase of work was $2 million over budget. We’ve repackaged the effort’s three phases into one package in hopes of attracting contractors who can lend the work economies of scale. By the time this story publishes, we’ll know if that worked.

Either way, three years of construction on Bell Street commences this summer. It will be completely rebuilt from Rio Concho Drive to Old Ballinger Highway.

So far, MLK Drive has been rebuilt from Loop 306 to 29th Street. Southland Boulevard has been widened from Sherwood Way to the Walmart traffic light. And the repaving of College Hills Boulevard from Loop 306 to Valleyview Drive began earlier this month.

The next two years will usher in more projects. They include:

  • Southwest Boulevard from Rockbrook to Twin Mountain drives. The design of that project is nearly complete.
  • North Chadbourne Street from Loop 306 to 43rd Street, and Sunset Drive from College Hills Boulevard to Foster Road. The design work continues on both.
  • Glenna/29th streets from Loop 306 to North Bryant Boulevard. We are considering using our new asphalt recycler to repave that stretch.

That new machinery is being deployed to other streets that need attention, but (fortunately) don’t rise to the level of needing to be rebuilt.

Lastly, this summer marks the fourth stage in an eight-year cycle to sealcoat every City street. Many confuse sealcoating for repaving; it is not. Sealcoating is preventative maintenance that involves topping a street with a thin layer of asphalt and rock. The process keeps moisture from seeping into and compromising a roadway’s base.

In short, sealcoating is an attempt to avoid any future Bell Streets.

Shane Kelton is the City of San Angelo’s Operations Director. Contact him at 325-657-4206 or shane.kelton@cosatx.us.