City staff presented an overview of recently completed, on-going, and upcoming infrastructure projects to City Council at its Oct. 9 meeting.
“There are lots of good things going on to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “I’m particularly pleased about all the in-house work, which saves the taxpayers some money and also improves our system.”
This project includes the reconstruction of Woodard Avenue, Grand Avenue, and the mill-and-overlay of Anglin Street.
Crews are currently reconstructing Woodard Avenue. This is an extensive process that includes removing the existing roadway and installing new street infrastructure. Despite the wet weather, crews began stabilization work this week. The contractor anticipates six to eight more weeks until completion.
As part of this reconstruction project, city crews were able to replace outdated brick manholes with cast-in-place concrete manholes and improve the existing water utilities.
Once the contractor finishes work on Woodard they will begin work on Grand Avenue.
Crews have installed traffic signals at The Depot on Cleburne Station and Nolan River. The work that remains on this project includes installing illuminated street signs and striping the roadway.
Earlier this fall crews completed installing 2,500 linear feet of 5-foot sidewalk and drainage improvements along Yellow Jacket Drive from Harlin Drive to Nolan River Road.
The city has substantially completed 5.5 miles of 5-foot sidewalk on Nolan River Road, Woodard Avenue, and Colonial Drive. This initiative provides safe pedestrian elements, especially for school children. The project also included the public parking lot across from City Hall. While minor work remains on this project the community can now enjoy these sidewalks today.
Cleanup items remain after the city installed 5 miles of 8-inch to 24-inch sanitary sewer lines in an area that did not have the facilities between US 67 and Lane Prairie Road. The city has already received several requests to connect to the sewer system. The contractor has minor work to complete following an inspection, which it anticipates finishing in 60 days. After that is complete it could be about another 30 days until people can begin connecting.
The installation of 4,100 linear feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer along both sides of SH174 is complete. Properties along the extension have shown interests in connecting.
The city is planning to repair and improve sidewalks in the downtown district. The plan includes replacing work sidewalks along Henderson, Chambers and the Downtown Square. The city is considering expanding the repairs to other side streets in the downtown district as well.
The city plans to install 2,000 linear feet of concrete paving, a bridge, and storm sewer on Sparks Drive east of the Chisholm Trail highway.
The city uses multiple road maintenance techniques to manage the city’s infrastructure. These techniques include street reconstruction where crews rebuild a road, micro-surfacing where the city places a fresh layer of asphalt on an existing road, and mill and overlay where crews remove a layer of the roadway before installing a new driving surface.
The city plans to resurface 3.3 miles of roadways across the city this November with an expected construction duration of 2 weeks. The roads included are Granbury Street, Boone Street, Hillsboro Street, Prairie Avenue, South Ridgeway Drive, Olive Street, and South Colonial Drive.
Commuters can expect mill and overlay work to begin across the city in early 2019. In this work, crews remove the top layer of a roadway and then place a new layer of driving surface. The roads included are West Industrial Boulevard, North Angling Street, Prairie Street, North Ridgway Drive, Berkley Drive, Chase Avenue, South Washington Street, South Colonial Drive, Granbury Street, Woodard Avenue, and Yellow Jacket Drive.
In addition to the large-scale projects, city staff regularly perform utility repairs and maintenance. This past year, Cleburne’s water crews repaired more than 200 leaks in the water distribution system.
City staff is always on the lookout for drainage improvements across the city. One of the current repairs is flooding near the Booker T. Washington Recreation Center. Crews uncovered a wooden junction box that failed and contributed to the flooding.
The city responded to concerns at the Harlen Drive and Nolan River Road traffic signal, which was experiencing a failure in the in-pavement loop detection system. Public Works upgraded the traffic signal to a camera detection system, which has led to better traffic flow.
When crews were repairing a water leak on Conger Street and Stanwood Avenue, residents informed city staff of a drainage concern. The city looked into the matter and was able to make repairs that addressed both the water leak and the drainage, fixing stagnant water issues at the intersection.