Jourdanton street project detailed at workshop



Mark Shows, director of public works in Jourdanton, is displaying what typical pavement looks like in Jourdanton streets. The pieces of asphalt measure a little over one-half inch. Many of the streets in Jourdanton range in age from 30 to 60 years. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASNTON EXPRESS

Mark Shows, director of public works in Jourdanton, is displaying what typical pavement looks like in Jourdanton streets. The pieces of asphalt measure a little over one-half inch. Many of the streets in Jourdanton range in age from 30 to 60 years. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASNTON EXPRESS

A total of eleven streets would be impacted in the Jourdanton street project. Reason for the selected streets in this first phase is that they carry a significant amount of traffic, including large school buses. Others carry a significant amount of large truck traffic.

It was pointed out that as the City of Jourdanton rebuilds streets, drainage problems will be addressed at the same time. Addressing the drainage issues impacting these streets will result in lengthening the life of the newly rebuilt roads.

Major emphasis will be put on an enormous drainage issue on La Garde Street that runs on the west perimeter of Jourdanton schools and the football field. This drainage area will likely require a deep network of underground pipe to carry flow of water out of that area. “It’s going to take a much deeper ditch. There’s nowhere for the water to run at the present time,” said Lamar Schulz, city manager.

During the recent special workshop meeting at Jourdanton City Hall, three citizens from that area spoke regarding their concerns about standing water in streets after rainstorms.

When asked about Peach Street that ties into La Garde, Schulz said, “It’s just falling apart. We’re going to have to widen the curve to handle bus traffic at the connection of La Garde and Peach Streets.”

When asked about the street behind the jail, Schulz said, “We will be talking with the construction people – we have had a preliminary conversation with them before – so they know we’re going to be coming asking for some contribution towards the paving. It’s their big crane that came in there and did some damage. Agreeable, that street probably wasn’t a great street to start with. We’re going to assume some responsibility, but I think they should help out.”

City of Jourdanton will be using Certificates of Obligation in the amount of $4,050,000 to fund the project.

Streets that are to be completed including drainage in the Jourdanton Capital Improvement Project and the amounts allotted for them is as follows:

(1) Jiffy Boulevard (from Hwy 97 through the intersection with Lillian Avenue: $296,115.

(2) La Garde Street (entire length of street) with Peach Street (from Hwy 16 to La Garde Street: $931,482.66. (Largest amounts allotted in all street and drainage construction).

(3) Jourdanton Avenue (from Hwy 97 through the intersection with E Street: $508,000.

(4) Elm Street (from Hwy 16 through the intersection at Campbell Avenue: $199,444.

(5) Tamarac Street (from Hwy 16 to County Road 438) plus Cantrell Avenue (one block between Tamarac Street and Fig Street): $841,000.

(6) McDowell Avenue (between Beech Street and Oak Street) Oak Street (from McDowell Avenue to Hwy 97): $185,149.

(7) Maple Street (from Hwy 97 through the intersection with McDowell Avenue): $558,116.

(8) Broadway Street (from Hwy 16 to Brown Avenue): $370,979.

Subtotal – $3,890,3146.49, less dedicated city funding for streets, $175,000. – Funding needed for the street project: $3,715,314.49.

A total of eleven streets would be impacted by this project. These streets carry a significant amount of traffic, including large school buses. Several streets carry a significant amount of large truck traffic.

Plus: Safe Routes to School: 20% match by city: $158,066.

This project, if funded by TxDOT, would provide sidewalks along Hwy. 168 from the intersection with Hwy 97 (on the north) to Tamarac Street (on the south).

Subtotal: $3,873,380.

Plus:

Splash Pad (adjacent to the pool at the Sports Complex): $170,000.

Total to be funded: $4,043,380.

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