Workshop Paves the way for Better Floresville Streets

Gregory Ripps | Wilson County News | August 19, 2015
Workshop paves the way for better Floresville streets
GREGORY RIPPS — Tom Turk of M&S Engineering presents a street-maintenance program at an Aug. 10 Floresville City Council budget workshop.

The Floresville City Council is planning to budget $750,000 for street repairs in fiscal year 2016. Tom Turk of M&S Engineering proposed at an Aug. 10 city budget workshop what could be done with that amount of money. Turk said he based his plan on the city’s 2012 master plan, under which city crews resurfaced parts of Trail and South Fourth streets.

Turk’s proposal lists 22 streets or street sections, including six identified by council members in 2014, for repair. The proposal prioritizes the streets, based on their condition and use. Most of the streets can be rehabilitated by “chip seal,” which is adding a new surface on the existing surface, Turk explained. Streets in more serious condition will require “full-depth reclamation,” which involves digging up, remixing, and reusing the original surface material and then adding two chip-seal surfaces.

“Eighty percent of the streets in Floresville have no base material,” Floresville street supervisor Alex Treviño noted.

Treviño also said city crews could complete the street project themselves, but only if they did nothing else. He said they wouldn’t be able to do such things as cut grass, put up signs, or install speed bumps.

Turk said the streets requiring only chip seal could be completed two months after starting, and the streets requiring full-depth reclamation would have to wait until after the beginning of the year, but could be completed in three months. Mayor Diana Garza said she didn’t want the finished streets torn up for water main or sewer line repairs. “That’s a pet peeve of mine,” she said. Turk assured her he would check the city’s water and wastewater plans for pipe locations.

Street sections to receive the highest priority treatment include Railroad between Second and Third, C between First and South Fourth, B between Fourth and 10th, and K between Third and Frick.

City Councilman Johnny Ray Nieto added Oak Lawn and Oak View to the list.

A map showing the complete extent of the proposed street work will be on display in the City Hall lobby.

Priority streets

Street sections to receive the highest priority in the 2015 Street Maintenance Plan:

  • Railroad between Third and Second
  • C between First and South Fourth
  • B between Fourth and 10th
  • K between Third and Frick
  • Goliad between Peace and Trail
  • Seventh between Trail and Standish.

 

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