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July 18, 2012

City working on several street projects


While much of Weatherford’s focus has been on the construction of South Main Street, there has been plenty of other work going on concerning city streets.

Director of Public Works Manny Palacios said five projects have been going on throughout the summer, including the reconstruction of both East and West Lake Drive out by the marina. Reconstruction work has also been ongoing in the 200 block of Church Street, the 1100 block of Franklin and the 500 block of Hobson Street. Palacios said other improvements on Hobson include both drainage improvements and upgrades to curb and concrete.

Two big projects are still on the table for future work. Palacios said work on the 100 block of Front Street between North Elm and North Main Streets will begin today.

Palacios said work on the street, which is still scheduled to take about 30 days, was scheduled to begin Tuesday but contractor issues forced the delay to today. Palacios said reconstruction of the pavement on the street will be done.

Residents will be able to access their homes at all times, but curb and street parking will not be allowed. All through traffic on the street will be closed as well, according to a news release.

A reconstruction project on Kase Street will start in September, Palacios said. 

Palacios says the city uses a pavement management system where streets are rated. If a street has a low score, it is rehabbed. If the city is considering a utility project on a certain street, it can sometimes be cost beneficial to work on the street at the same time utility work is being accomplished.

Palacios said traffic safety is also a concern. If a street is becoming too worn for whatever reason and has a lot of issues, work will be done on it, he said.

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