WATCH: San Angelo Roadways Severely Damaged by Winter Storm

 

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.

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Well good...... Maybe now the city has been dealt a hand where they are forced to one or the other... Make the needed road repairs that have been ignored for years and years or tear up the old asphalt on the existing roads and lay down gravel roads, which would be ideally better than existing roads and with the swipe of a blade on a maintainer, all pot holes, low spots and rough spots are made smooth again, which again would be better than any existing roads.....................

While I appreciate the pictures of the small holes in the street on Beauregard and College Hills, I have to wonder why no pictures on 29th or even 19th streets were shown.  Even Cornell St. that runs between HEB and the stores in the old Bowman Lumber building or the street that runs behind sonic and dollar tree off Sherwood Way.  Unfortunately, 29th and 19th street are often ignored due to the side of town it is on.  The street that runs from the end of Edmund and begins the stretch of 29th all the up to Armstrong St. is so bad now that you cant even drive on it.  19th street is becoming just as bad after all the ice and water.  Those of us that live on this side of town and use these roads are begging San Angelo to please fix these roads.  I have been her 31 years and the part of 29th from Edmond to Bryant has not been fixed it has been patched and that has only made it worse.  Dont you think it is time to fix some of the roads on this side of town instead of the wealthier side of town for a change?

Instead of worrying about the roads being damaged. You should ask WHY they are damaged in the first place? 

The bulk of it comes from underneath with all the old wore out, rusty pipes. Replace them, instead of patching them. Get new pipes made from safe durable materials. The city has wasted millions of dollars just putting in new dog parks, sidewalks, etc.

Worry about the beautification later. Otherwise your going to have to dig up your "pretty" roads & sidewalks to fix the pipes. Stop patching & FIX the source of the problem first!!!  

After that FIX the ELECTRICITY!!!! Citizens are tired of these power outages & non sensible over charges to our bills. Both with water & energy.

OUR city of San Angelo deserves more than your patches.

Instead of worrying about the roads being damaged. You should ask WHY they are damaged in the first place? 

The bulk of it comes from underneath with all the old wore out, rusty pipes. Replace them, instead of patching them. Get new pipes made from safe durable materials. The city has wasted millions of dollars just putting in new dog parks, sidewalks, etc.

Worry about the beautification later. Otherwise your going to have to dig up your "pretty" roads & sidewalks to fix the pipes. Stop patching & FIX the source of the problem first!!!  

After that FIX the ELECTRICITY!!!! Citizens are tired of these power outages & non sensible over charges to our bills. Both with water & energy.

OUR city of San Angelo deserves more than your patches.

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