SAN ANGELO, TX – How bad did San Angelo's streets get torn up during Winter Storm Uri? Well San Angelo's Operations Director claims the situation was unimaginable.
According to the the City of San Angelo Operations Director Shane Kelton, on Feb. 23 during a press conference, the streets in San Angelo took significant damage from the winter storm that occurred last week.
"This weather that we just saw last week is the worst weather we could ever think or dream of for a roadway." said Kelton.
One of main contributing factors to the destruction of the ground was the snow. Kelton claims that because it was here for so long when the snow melted water was able to penetrate the base layer of the road separating it from the asphalt. This causes massive chunks of the road to come up at one time.
Another reason the roadways were so badly damaged is the massive water main breaks across town. Since the freeze the city reported more than a dozen water main breaks across town during the storm. This caused a boil water notice that ended Thursday, Feb. 23.
With the number of main breaks that occurred, multiple spots around town have huge mounds of dirt filling the hole until crews can fully fix them.
"We will be going through multiple scenarios to see how we can address roadways as expediently as possible," said Kelton. "Not to mention with all the water breaks that we have and the trench work repair we will be having to do as well."
It is no secret that San Angelo has a major problem when it comes to roadways. The majority of those problems are in high traffic areas such as Bell St. and College Hills.
Bell St. is not complete at this time but is nearly there. After this, the city will move on to College Hills. These construction jobs are not only about rebuilding the road but utility lines underneath the road as well.